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Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster)

Created: April 22nd, 2017 - 05:33 PM
Last Modified: April 23rd, 2020 - 10:28 PM
Entered by: Bethany A. Richendollar
Record 274940
Country:
United States
State:
Tennessee
County:
Lincoln County
Time:
2017-04-21 00:00:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
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Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
urban open field near river with surrounding fragmented forest
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Notes

Credit to Mike Moscato for finding this snake and allowing me to take photos and enter the record in the database.

There have been a few good spring rains before and after finding this snake.

Lincoln County, TN is a intergrade zone for MANY herp species (causing much ID frustration to me as a young herper- LOL). Lincoln County is apparently also an intergrade zone for the Prairie kingsnake and mole kingsnake (see Snakes of the Southeast by Whit Gibbons and Mike Dorcas). Since this individual takes on more of the prairie kingsnake features, I labeled it as such. A very rare find for the area either way you slice it.

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