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Alameda Striped Racer (Coluber lateralis euryxanthus)

Created: June 17th, 2010 - 09:01 PM
Last Modified: June 17th, 2010 - 09:01 PM
Entered by: Jonathan Hakim
Record 48278
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
Contra Costa County
Time:
2010-06-06 09:08:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
--
Method:
Heard
Habitat:
Scrub
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:
Few clouds
Moon Phase:
Last Quarter
Elevation:
812.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

Was jogging to try to get ahead of a couple hikers when I heard something move about 5' off the trail. I saw a flash of the yellow stripe and was able to ID it as an Alameda striped racer. I tried to get into position to photograph it, but it moved a few feet over. I carefully stepped off the trail into position and worked out an angle to get a picture of a piece of its body, but it moved again. We played like that a couple more times, then it moved about 25' down the hill and stopped again. I climbed down the hill and looked around.....and there it was, trying its best to blend in and acting like I couldn't see it if it was still enough.

Whiptail was seen just a few feet further down the trail.

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