Tetrapod Zoology

Una serpiente pequeña

This is a quiz!

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Identify the Mexican snake! Photograph by Dave Hone!

Comments

  1. #1 Sven DiMilo
    July 19, 2009

    Night snake (Hypsiglena)?
    That or a cat-eyed (Leptodeira) of some kind.

  2. #2 Joel
    July 19, 2009

    I don’t know what species it is, but it certainly is cute! I’m going to assume its name is George, and my quiz is to see if anyone can recall my reference.

  3. #3 Saxxon Thompson
    July 19, 2009

    I’m going to go with either a cat-eyed or a cloudy snail eater/sucker (Sibon nebulata)

  4. #4 Diego
    July 19, 2009

    Quizás sea una especia del ojo de gato (Leptodeira).

  5. #5 JuliaM
    July 19, 2009

    “I don’t know what species it is, but it certainly is cute! I’m going to assume its name is George, and my quiz is to see if anyone can recall my reference.”

    Cute as a button!

    Reference? Umm, something from a cartoon? Bugs Bunny?

  6. #6 Bob Michaels
    July 19, 2009

    A Milk snake (Lampropetis triangulum) family Colubridae, or 0ne of 24 subspecies

  7. #7 zeta_gelgoog
    July 19, 2009

    My guess is that its some species or another of rattlesnake.

  8. #8 Michael Ogden Erickson
    July 19, 2009

    Oh how cute! It’s a Cloudy Snail-Sucker, Sibon nebulata.

  9. #9 chris
    July 19, 2009

    I second Hypsiglena, H. torquata, specifically. It’s body looks much too thick for Sibon and a rattlesnake? Yikes! What kind of idiot would hold a rattlesnake like that?

  10. #10 Michael Ogden Erickson
    July 19, 2009

    Well, I’ve changed my mind. It is, indeed, Hypsiglena torquata.

  11. #11 Cory Trego-Erdner
    July 19, 2009

    Una serpiente paquena. Adjective after the noun in Spanish.:)
    As for the species, darned if I know.

  12. #12 Erik Knatterud
    July 19, 2009

    It is a rubbersnake, the kind of toy snakes you can buy for 3$ or less. Scary!

  13. #13 Michael Ogden Erickson
    July 19, 2009

    “It is a rubbersnake, the kind of toy snakes you can buy for 3$ or less. Scary!”

    Oh, come on. It’s obviously a real snake. I now do agree it is Hypsiglena torquata.

  14. #14 AnJaCo
    July 19, 2009

    Another vote for Hypsiglena torquata.

  15. #15 Chaz
    July 19, 2009

    No clue to the snake but the quote is from “Curious George”

  16. #16 Rosel
    July 19, 2009

    Not idea, but its utterly adorable, and I’m intruiged by its iridescence.

    I think the answer to Joel’s quiz is a reference to ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. ( have I just outed myself as an arts student?!)

  17. #17 Michael Ogden Erickson
    July 19, 2009

    Well, it looks like we’ll have to start the Hypsiglena torquata bandwagon…

  18. #18 Bob Michaels
    July 19, 2009

    The markings and color could be that of a baby Pygmy Rattlesnake(Crotalus Ravus).

  19. #19 Meter Pihalda
    July 19, 2009

    No evidence that it’s a snake, forked tongues without doubt common among reptiles, limbless is assumed and NOT demonstrated. Head shape and huge amount of evidence demonstrates that it’s a small gorgonopsian, most likely Vermogorgon, endemic to Mexico.

    Idiot yanks will see crazy beliefs crash down around their ears – their view of vertebrate history = insane fairy tales. MY scheme is BEST, Darren Naish would not know real gorgonopsian if it camed and bited him.

  20. #20 Michael Ogden Erickson
    July 19, 2009

    No evidence that it’s a snake, forked tongues without doubt common among reptiles, limbless is assumed and NOT demonstrated. Head shape and huge amount of evidence demonstrates that it’s a small gorgonopsian, most likely Vermogorgon, endemic to Mexico.

    Idiot yanks will see crazy beliefs crash down around their ears – their view of vertebrate history = insane fairy tales. MY scheme is BEST, Darren Naish would not know real gorgonopsian if it camed and bited him.

    Posted by: Meter Pihalda

    That’s halarious!!!! 🙂

  21. #21 Bob Michaels
    July 19, 2009

    My last pass, it`s either a spotted car eyed snake or a splendid cat eyed.

  22. #22 Cindy Sue Causey
    July 20, 2009

    No clue.. Hard to distinguish for this kid because it looks like it’s molting..

    Doesn’t look like the (YOUNG) worm snake I held back in the 80’s (in my South Miami front yard).. Saw what Mind said was a worm then noticed it was snaking sideways.. Closer inspection, VERY close inspection showed.. it was sticking its tongue out.. Nope, no worm I’d ever seen.. :))

    When you see something like that in person, something about it, that it is *that* small and alive, functioning just as its super-sized relatives, just does not register in the Brain, at least not in mine.. Beyond amazing.. 🙂

    @Joel, I do, I do (too).. I say it often.. I think I tweeted it once maybe even.. Yup, I did (just peeked).. 😀

    Warmest from Talking Rock.. 🙂

  23. #23 John Scanlon FCD
    July 20, 2009

    That’s a ‘colubrid’ of some sort, hardly a snake at all. (Just ‘cos they make up 80% of ophidian diversity doesn’t make them interesting.) And I think it’s on drugs, I’ve never seen such narrow pupils in a snake. Cute though.

  24. #24 Dave Godfrey
    July 20, 2009

    “I don’t know what species it is, but it certainly is cute! I’m going to assume its name is George, and my quiz is to see if anyone can recall my reference.”

    And I will love him, and hug him, and pet him…

    And I have no idea what kind of snake it is. Although the hands indicate that it is small, rather than far away.

  25. #25 Morgan
    July 20, 2009

    It looks like a Cloudy/Snail-eating snake (Sibon nebulata) to me.

  26. #26 Michael Richmond
    July 20, 2009

    @Rosel: bingo!

    @Dave and @JuliaM: also bingo!

    The Warner Brothers animators used the character of Lennie Small (from “Of Mice and Men”) as a model for big, strong, stupid monsters with a soft spot for bunny rabbits. Hugo the Abominable Snowman, from “The Abominable Snow Rabbit”, is the most memorable, I think.

  27. #27 Zach Miller
    July 20, 2009

    I think Elmira (Tiny Tunes) used that line in the “Summer Vacation” movie, too.

  28. #28 Seabold
    July 20, 2009

    Hahhah!

    Hugo the Abominable Snowman: Just what I always wanted. My own little bunny rabbit. I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him…
    Daffy Duck: I’m not a bunny rabbit…
    Hugo the Abominable Snowman: …and pat him and pet him and…
    Daffy Duck: You’re hurting me. Put me down, please.
    Hugo the Abominable Snowman: …and rub him and caress him and…
    Daffy Duck: [shouts] I ain’t no bunny rabbit!

  29. #29 Edgar
    July 20, 2009

    looks like our southamerican Dipsas spp. snail-eater colubrids, but i don´t know if they extend their range to Mexico

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