Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More snake stuff

So I got the ID wrong yesterday. This is yesterday's snake which is actually Arrhyton exiguum, the Antillean Ground Snake.

racer4 - Alsophis portoricensis (anegadae?)

Whereas this is Alsophis portoricensis, the Antillean racer:


As you can see both are small, slender, brown snakes with stripes down the side. They are both quite variable colourwise too. The racer seems to have a yellow chin and have various spots and things one can use for ID. As far as I can tell the easiest way to tell the two apart is that the ground snake is friendly and relaxed whereas the racers rear up like a cobra, hiss and strike at you if you get too close. They lead pretty similar lives although the racers get a little bigger and are a little more easy to find. Both are mildly venomous in a way that is not at all threatening to humans (as far as I know, think bee sting, Ok as long as you're not the unlucky person who's allergic).

They're both pretty speedy too - you can see that in a video I shot of the Ground Snake in the hand and upon release the next morning (once we were sure he was definately OK and not catmolested).
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1 comment:

awesomegirl101 said...

i found on of these in my room very freaky