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Gray-banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna)

Created: September 22nd, 2008 - 10:35 PM
Last Modified: May 31st, 2011 - 07:22 AM
Entered by: Daniel Macias
Record 18866
Country:
United States
State:
Texas
County:
El Paso County
Time:
2008-09-05 23:26:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Sub-Adult
Sex:
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Method:
In crack or crevice
Habitat:
rocky slope with many crevices, creosote and ocotillo
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
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Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Cloudy
Moon Phase:
Waxing Crescent
Elevation:
4438.97ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

Snake was found by fellow herper, crawling along rock face with many crevices. Winds had picked up from the time we had arrived and remained constant through the night.

Vouchers

Comments

Posted by Chris Harrison on May 31, 2011 at 07:22 AM

Daniel,

It looks like Connely Road is what we used to call the Gas Line Cutoff road. If your snake came from here, it was from El Paso county. That's a great find. I have spent hundreds of hours on that road and in that part of the Huecos and never saw an alterna.

Chris

Posted by Daniel Macias on May 29, 2011 at 08:09 PM

Chris,

Wow, wasn't aware of the distinctions between the Gas Line Roads. Would Connelly Drive be the new name you're referring to for the cutoff road? That's the name I see for it on Google Earth. From what you say, I guess that would make it the cutoff road, though Google labels it Connelly Road/Gas Line Road. We never made it to a locked gate, just turned off of HWY 62/180 and drove down about 4-5 miles maybe. I'm assuming the gate is further down then? Sorry for the confusion.

Daniel

Posted by Chris Harrison on May 29, 2011 at 06:16 AM

Daniel,

Do you mean Gas Line Road, or the Gas Line Cutoff road?
Gas Line road, IIRC, is the part east of the locked gate that runs along the south end of the Huecos. That is Hudspeth Co.
Gas Line Cutoff road is the name of the part of the road west and north of the locked gate. I think it has a newer name now that this area is getting more developed, but we traditionally called it the Gas Line Cutoff road. It is mostly in EP county.
Great find, either way.

Posted by Daniel Macias on May 29, 2011 at 02:59 AM

Chris, I'm pretty sure this was in El Paso County. While I unfortunately don't have the GPS coordinates, this snake was found in the southern end of the Huecos off of Gas Line Road, about 4.5 miles down. Sorry to get back so late, by the way. I've been away from this site for quite some time and have had to re-register as I lost my original log-in information. But yes, pretty sure this is El Paso County.

Daniel

Posted by Chris Harrison on Nov 29, 2010 at 09:12 PM

Are you sure this was from El Paso, not Hudspeth county? Just curious since most of the Hueco Mts are in Hudspeth. AFAIK there is only one specimen from the El Paso County side and it's provenance has been questioned by some. There isn't much good habitat on the EP side of the county line.
Either way, cool find.