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Subspecies Subtle Appearance Differences

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Posted by: Ameron at Thu Jun 18 10:03:50 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ameron ]  
   

I have kept several kingsnakes, of four subspecies. I have noted the difference between behavior, and of color & pattern differences.

I've noticed, however, that Florida kingsnakes have a very tapered snout, with lips of matching lengths. I don't recall whether they have a prehensile tail tip "hook" or not. California kingsnakes have a broad, thick head, with an almost menacing look, with a slightly longer upper lip, with no prehensile tail "hook". (They seem to flop their tails down less gracefully when climbing down from branches, too.) Desert kingsnakes have a slightly more narrow face, with a slightly longer upper lip, but with a very prominent tail tip "hook". (Mine is an expert climber - as much so as most Ratsnakes.)

Have any of you also noted such subtle differences?

Do some subspecies tend to have a more prehensile tail than others?

Desert Don
Vancouver, WA
 
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