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RE: Longest Prairie King you've ever seen

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Posted by: Phil Peak at Tue Mar 7 07:50:36 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Phil Peak ]  
   

Sounds like you have quite an impressive snake! As Matt mentioned we documented what is the longest calligaster known last year. That snake was 56.25", so it exceeds the previous known recorded length for that species by only a quarter inch. When we found the snake we actually thought it was bigger than it turned out to be. We made a quick measurement with a tape in the field and came up with around 60". We felt that was notable so we collected the snake and took it to the Louisville Zoo where the vets knocked it out so we could get a measurement under lab conditions with the snake offering no resistence. There efforts were made to get a true measurement without stretching the snake. To our surprise the snake was not as long as we thought it would be, but it was a record length still. If I am not mistaken, official record lengths only apply to free ranging wild snakes that were found in the field. I do believe there are larger prairie kings out there both in the field and in captivity. Look forward to seeing pics of your new snake! The prairie king has long been one of our favorites. Phil


   

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