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Identify the Mexican snake! Photograph by Dave Hone!

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

By Sven DiMilo (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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.

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

By Saxxon Thompson (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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

"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?

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

By Bob Michaels (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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

By zeta_gelgoog (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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?

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

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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

By Erik Knatterud (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

"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.

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

Another vote for Hypsiglena torquata.

No clue to the snake but the quote is from "Curious George"

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?!)

Well, it looks like we'll have to start the Hypsiglena torquata bandwagon...

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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

By Bob Michaels (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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.

By Meter Pihalda (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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!!!! :-)

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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

By Bob Michaels (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

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).. :D

Warmest from Talking Rock.. :)

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.

By John Scanlon FCD (not verified) on 19 Jul 2009 #permalink

"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.

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

@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.

By Michael Richmond (not verified) on 20 Jul 2009 #permalink

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!

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