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Puget Sound Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii)

Created: July 14th, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Last Modified: July 14th, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Entered by: Steve Zimmerman
Record 195364
Country:
United States
State:
Washington
County:
Mason County
Time:
2014-07-13 15:25:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
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Method:
Habitat:
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Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
82.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Partly Cloudy
Moon Phase:
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Elevation:
1300.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Comments

Posted by Steve Zimmerman on Jul 14, 2014 at 05:25 PM

If 192515 was found in eastern Skagit, I might call it fitchi. In my opinion, subspecific designations are mostly arbitrary, so as long as we know it's T. sirtalis, that's all that really matters :-)

Posted by Zach Lim on Jul 14, 2014 at 04:26 PM

Thank you for the reply, Steve.

Take a look at my sirtalis record from Skagit County, WA: Record 192515. The snake looks very similar to your pickeringii. I have it as fitchi (per Gary Nafis' ID), but am still really unclear about it.

Posted by Steve Zimmerman on Jul 14, 2014 at 01:35 PM

Zach, Nowhere even remotely close to the range of fitchi. I have found pickeringii that look like this on both sides of Puget Sound. Even where "true" pickeringii occur (blue-ish with no red), I have found snakes that look like fitchi. T. s. concinnus, as they go up the coast of WA, look just like this as well (with a little more red on the face).

Posted by Zach Lim on Jul 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Nice find. Interesting that it looks so similar to T.sirtalis fitchi- potential intergrade zone?