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Posted by: AaronBayer at Fri Aug 1 09:26:27 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by AaronBayer ]  
   

imo the black bands increasing in width typically means there is some nelsons influence. also, the color of the light bands being more orange rather than yellow/white usually suggest there is mexican, conants, or blanchards. it's fairly unlikely that anyone is messing with conants or blanchards by putting them with nelsons, so that leaves mexican.

I use the descriptions and pictures provided in "The Systematics and Natural History of the American Milksnake" as my go to source for identifying milks. I think most "milkheads" agree that it's basically the milk bible. even with some subspecies being lumped together with DNA testing, many, including myself are choosing to basically ignore the testing and stick with the guidelines laid out in this book.

If you'd like, you can provide some high resolution close up photos of your animal that make scale counts possible and I can try to key it out in an attempt to more accuratly tell you exactly what you have.

mid-body, head (top, side, chin view), and a full body shot from above with some sort of marking to show exactly where the cloaca is should work.

you can always just pick up a copy of the book yourself too. amazon has them from time to time.


   

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