Friday, June 17, 2011

Lifer Snake

I recorded a 'lifer' snake last week, a species I'd never caught in my life before. It was a striped whipsnake that my son Nathan and I caught on a backroad in Wasco County.

I'd seen several before, both in the bush and on the road. But besides being the fastest snake in the area, they are both wary and elusive. In my experience, they were generally gone before I'd stopped the car or before the image had registered on my mind. Then, too, their habitat preferences are somewhat specialized, and they are one of the less common snakes around. This species had become sort of a nemesis for me, and I'd begun to wonder whether I'd ever catch one.

This landmark capture came toward the end of a good day all around, as we'd earlier successfully deployed a satellite transmitter on a nestling golden eagle, which is always a satisfying experience.

Here's a picture of the happy herpetologist. You can see the distinctive pink wash on the belly and tail (of the snake, not the herpetologist).


Lorelei said...

Nice Picture! I like snakes too, and rabbits. amd cats and dogs too..
I found your blog, looking forward to reading it. Thank you for teaching all of us,
I hope it was okay to find that scripture about the stick-gatherer. I wish I had mentioned about God hardening the heart of Pharoah...there are a lot of parts that bewilder me, and I wish I had mentioned that one. Oh well, I love the Bible, it is fascinating, thank you for teaching us,

Rick Gerhardt said...

My pleasure, Lorelei. We'll keep in touch.