Wednesday, July 13, 2005

ENV: New Texas Snake

While we in Texas are used to new records of obscure invertebrates, including discoveries of new species, and the wanderings of birds new to the state on an annual basis, the finding of a new reptile comes as something as a surprise. Amongst a number of new salamander species recently described based on cytological work, there is a new snake -- and it occurs in Louisiana and East Texas, and is, i suppose for now, the corn snake we generally knew from the area. It has been described a t the specific level which is even more compelling. We will know it for now as Elaphe slowinskii, Slowinski's Corn Snake. It was described in 2002 but i am just now hearing about it via an announcement at CNAH.

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