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Mountain Gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans elegans)

Created: August 15th, 2019 - 10:47 PM
Last Modified: August 15th, 2019 - 10:55 PM
Entered by: Bart Wilkus
Record 324717
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
Amador County
Time:
2019-08-13 16:30:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
--
Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
Rural House
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
97.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Clear
Moon Phase:
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Elevation:
853.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

This snake appeared inside the metal door frame at my new house in Amador county. Only a few weeks prior, an alligator lizard was found in the exact same place ( http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=324718 ). There are abundant Pseudacris regilla on the property as well, and they tend to congregate around the porch. I assume this snake was hunting frogs.

I waited a while for the snake to emerge on it's own, but it did not, and I was forced to flush it out with the hose so as to avoid crushing it with the door when closed. I released the animal in my yard after a few photos.

Looks like this is only the 2nd entry for elegans in Amador Co, and the only live one so far! Hopefully I will see more of this species on my property.

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