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Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by BrookeSFD16, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    I'm working on getting more pics. This snake was caught in NW Louisina. It's belly is pink, and it has eye flaps... ( I'm sure that's not the correct term) . It's about 3 ft long. The snake was found by one of my Coworkers. I'll post more pics when/if I get them.
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  2. akvz

    akvz New Member

    Any markings on the underside, or is it just plain pink/reddish?
    If it's just black with pink/tan underneath, it sounds like a coachwhip (Coluber flagellum) to me, and seems about right on the length. Not sure if it could be anything else. They're pretty cool snakes that are non-venomous and not a threat.
     

  3. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    Looks like ....

    Looks like a racer (Coluber constrictor).

    :)

    Kerby...
     
  4. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Could it be a worm snake? That's what picture and description matches up on the Internet the best. But they haven't been seen around here since the 50's...
     
  5. akvz

    akvz New Member

    Worm snakes aren't 3 feet long.

    Racer might be another guess, like Kerby said. It is almost definitely in the Coluber genus, whether it is a coachwhip or racer...

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    Picture of a coachwhip with a pink belly as described. Does this look similar to your snake?
     
  6. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen the actual snake. Just got told it was that long. I'm still waiting for better pics. ..but they haven't sent them yet. Coach whip could be it.
     
  7. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    The guy with the snake is gonna get me better pics. He says it's 18" not 3'. Here's another pic.

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  8. akvz

    akvz New Member

    Well, that explains why the body looked too stubby to be a racer or coachwhip... looks more like a mud snake (Farancia abacura) with the stripes on his belly and at the smaller size.
     
  9. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Here's better pics. We think it is a mud snake.

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  10. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    These pics ....

    These pics are better and explains it all now.

    :)

    Kerby...
     
  11. looks like what we call a banded water snake....
     
  12. Mud snake. Hazy eyes...needs to shed.
     
  13. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Mud snake is what we decided. He let his kids look at it and turned it loose. Thanks for all the replies.