Masticophis lateralis — Striped Racer
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Subspecies I've seen:
Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus — Alameda Striped Racer
The Alameda Striped Racer has a very limited range in the east San Francisco bay area, and would thus be a prize to find even if it weren't beautiful. This one was found by Andy O'Connor and Chris MacDonald who were visiting northern and central California for a few days in search of such things.
Masticophis lateralis lateralis — California Striped Racer
My friend Fred Harer and I spotted this very young California Striped Racer as it slithered towards cover under a small plant on the hillside along the hiking trail. It was probably hunting for the many Side-blotched Lizards that we saw skittering about nearby. These snakes are extremely fast, but we managed to get this little guy to calm down enough to pose for a few pictures.
Here's another cooperatively posing young striped racer. This one lacks the strong orange/red tint visible in the previous photos.
James Maughn and I came across this handsome fellow while we were out looking for Santa Cruzian snakes. I love the alert hunting posture of this species.
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