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RE: Identifying Candoia

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Posted by: britishcanuk at Tue Feb 8 07:31:56 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by britishcanuk ]  
   

"Hey, it kinda sucks when nobody responds So I'll give it a shot.First-the way scientist identify species or new species is by counting scales.This is not easy work.Also I dont know if you have the snakes in question [in-hand]or are just wondering.If you own the snakes,you can use a shed skin and some sort of magnification-or a digital photo you can zoom in on,point being these things hold still.If your just wondering or have one or the other of these snakes start looking them up on the web.The scales to count or pay attention to are on the head especally between the nose and eye,the upper lip,around the eye and top of head probably in that order.The easy way would be to post a head-shot picture...well If someone responded. jenni/"

Hey Jenni,

I was starting to wonder if this room had any traffic, I appreciate your response. I have a female Candoia c. carinata, gorgeous little snakes. Also I am familiar with identification keys for snakes in general, I was just looking for specific info on Candoia. I'd like to compile an informal and unscientific list of ID features to help people distinguish the species (and subspecies) that make up the genus. Info on this has proven pretty elusive for me, with thevexception of a couple sites that give some very basic and vague information. Here's a particularly interesting and helpful article I found online http://www.reptilechannel.com/snakes/snake-species/bevel-nosed.boa.aspx

Do you know the scale count ranges of the various species species? Also, I'm interested in hearing more about the subocular scales. That sounds like a handy I'd feature! Do you have any more details about this?

Thanks again for your response, I look forward to more responses on this interesting topic.

R~


   

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