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Snakes

Families depicted

+ Colubridae
+ Garters
+ Gopher snakes
+ Boidae
+ Viperidae
+ Elapidae
+ Misc
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Family: Colubridae

Año Nuevo

Garters of the environnment

sf garter

San Francisco garter snake
Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia

There are an estimated 1000 to 2000 of this endangered subspecies. On this outing, we spotted four of them in two groups of two.

Etymology: the genus name is derived from the Greek roots thamnos for bush and ophio for snake.
"Sirtalis" is derived from the Latin for garter and apparently refers to the dorsal stripe(s).
The subspecies name is derived from the Greek roots tetra for four and taenia for ribbon.
The latter is also a genus of tapeworm including several human pathogens.

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Another view

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Young gopher snake

Pacific gopher snake
Pituophis catenifer catenifer

Etymology: Pituophis - Greek: Pitys - pine, ophios - serpent
Catenifer - chain bearing

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The Stanford Dish

On the road again.

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I just can't wait to get on the road again.

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I got forked at the dish

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Serpentine royalty

king snake

California king snake (Lampropeltis californiae)
The Stanford Dish
Canon 50D,
December 31, 2011

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Touching the snake

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Gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer)
Lake Lagunita
Stanford Bioblitz 2015
April 18, 2015

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King snake - zoomed

king snake

California king snake (Lampropeltis californiae)
The Stanford Dish
Canon 50D,
December 31, 2011

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King snake

king snake

California king snake (Lampropeltis californiae)
The Stanford Dish
Canon 50D,
December 31, 2011

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Ring necked snake

ring necked snake

The Stanford Dish
Canon 50D,
December 31, 2011

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Ring necked snake tail - defensive posture

ring necked snake

The Stanford Dish
Canon 50D,
December 31, 2011

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Ring-necked snake abdomen

ring-necked snake
Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus
With crane's bill geranium
Along Campus Drive, near the dish
Stanford
April 8, 2014

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Ring-necked snake

ring-necked snake
Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)
The Stanford Dish
September 23, 2015
with Amelia Dreyer

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A handy little snake

ring-necked snake
Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)
The Stanford Dish
September 23, 2015
with Amelia Dreyer

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Defense posture

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Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)
The Stanford Dish
September 23, 2015
Canon 5Dmark2 with 100 mm macro lens

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Defense posture II

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Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)
The Stanford Dish
September 23, 2015
Olympus Tough - macro setting

This is a somewhat interesting comparison between a point and shoot and a DSLR.
A more precise test would control for focal point, lighting, and camera angle.
In any event, the Olympus Tough fared well.

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Amelia with RNS

ring-necked snake
Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)
with Amelia Dreyer
The Stanford Dish
September 23, 2015

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Bob with RNS

ring-necked snake
Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)
The Stanford Dish
September 23, 2015

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Family: Viperidae

Crotalus

Rattled

jasper
Crotalus oreganus oreganus
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
April 23, 2011
Tilden Park docents walk

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Poison pattern

jasper
April 23, 2011
Tilden Park docents walk

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Lingual sensor

jasper
April 23, 2011
Tilden Park docents walk

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Bi-lingual

rattlesnake
April 23, 2011
Tilden Park docents walk

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Close enough to determine pupil shape

rattlesnake
April 23, 2011
Tilden Park docents walk

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Rattlesnake at the Dish

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Briza maxima - Rattlesnake grass
The Stanford Dish

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Diamonds are not a girl's best friend

rattlesnake
Royal Palm, Everglades National Park, Florida
December 1, 2012

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Snake, rattle, roll

rattlesnake
December 1, 2012
Royal Palm, Everglades National Park, Florida

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Family: Boidae

Boa pattern

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Madagascar 2007
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Boa

boa
Daraina, Madagascar
July 13, 2016
Canon 7Dmark2

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When snakes are fady

boa
Daraina, Madagascar
July 13, 2016
Canon 7Dmark2

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Family: Elapidae

Indian cobra (Naja naja)

Charming

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Indian cobra (Naja naja)
India

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Charmed

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Indian cobra (Naja naja)
India

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Black tiger snake (Notechis scutatus)

Black tiger snake

black tiger snake
Notechis scutatus
Venomous elpid snake
Tasmania
April 3, 2012

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Lowland copperhead snake (Austrelaps superbus)

Onboard the superbus

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Lowland copperhead snake (Austrelaps superbus)
Family: Elapidae
Narantapu, Tasmania
September 9, 2015
Canon 7DMark2
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Misc

Tanzania

Snake eye

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Notice the photographer in the snake's eye!


snakeeye

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modified: July 30, 2016
created: November 25, 2006
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu
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