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Jun 05, 2012 11:40 |  #1

This guy/gal was slithering around a salt marsh. Posed for a pic and then hid under a big log.

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Jun 05, 2012 12:06 |  #2

Cool shots, it's amazing how much of a difference there is in the skin of the garter snakes in your region compared to up here in Northern BC.


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Jun 05, 2012 15:12 as a reply to  @ shedberg's post |  #3

We have such as variety in colors here as opposed to years ago. I have the dark black, dark brown, semi greensih/grey, whiteish grey. All the same species. I swear they are constantly getting thicker as well! ( and not only from eating my goldfish in the pond;)


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Jun 05, 2012 19:48 |  #4

It has always puzzled me why biologists haven't classified each color morph. Dragonflies, and damselfies, for instance are renamed. As well as other wildlife species. To me the term "garter" seems like a blanket statement for snakes with no fangs :) I think the herpetologists just got lazy :lol:

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Jun 05, 2012 20:03 |  #5

Crimzon wrote in post #14536620 (external link)
It has always puzzled me why biologists haven't classified each color morph. Dragonflies, and damselfies, for instance are renamed. As well as other wildlife species. To me the term "garter" seems like a blanket statement for snakes with no fangs :) I think the herpetologists just got lazy :lol:

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Its a Wandering Garter and they classify each species of garter snake. But if its a mutation its just that, not a different species and no need to try and reclassify it.


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Jun 05, 2012 21:01 |  #6

Nice shots, very different from all I've seen




  
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Jun 06, 2012 13:05 |  #7

Cool looking snake. Love the second shot.


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Jun 06, 2012 15:14 |  #8

Crimzon wrote in post #14536620 (external link)
It has always puzzled me why biologists haven't classified each color morph. Dragonflies, and damselfies, for instance are renamed. As well as other wildlife species. To me the term "garter" seems like a blanket statement for snakes with no fangs :) I think the herpetologists just got lazy :lol:

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Garter is just the common name either way, you'd have to go by the specific name, or latin name to 100% accurate. Google corn snake and see the color morphs you can find theres 100's. Plus it has alot to do with people generalizing animals they dont understand or are afraid of, grass snake is another common term people like to use for a non vemonous snake. Or here in Louisiana if someone sees a black snake near the water automaticly its a cotton mouth (a venomous snake), when 99% of the time its a harmless type of water snake. Plus unless your into snakes their not an animal people go looking for... just my thoughts on things lol either great photos!


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Jun 06, 2012 17:28 |  #9

Thanks to all commenters :)

dgiglio3087 wrote in post #14541068 (external link)
Garter is just the common name either way, you'd have to go by the specific name, or latin name to 100% accurate. Google corn snake and see the color morphs you can find theres 100's. Plus it has alot to do with people generalizing animals they dont understand or are afraid of, grass snake is another common term people like to use for a non vemonous snake. Or here in Louisiana if someone sees a black snake near the water automaticly its a cotton mouth (a venomous snake), when 99% of the time its a harmless type of water snake. Plus unless your into snakes their not an animal people go looking for... just my thoughts on things lol either great photos!


Yes, your probably right on all accounts. My above statement was mostly in jest though. I did try and identify the specific type :lol:. But I couldnt find the specific one, as there were several of the same similar markings and color, that were close but had minor differences. I got confused, and frustrated and gave up. Don't worry I put myself on the lazy list ;)


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