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255–319 New Mexico 467, Portales, New Mexico, US (Google, OSM) Out of range!
34.2445, -103.3178333333
Accuracy: 5m
open
May. 27, 2012 13:47:04 -0600
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txsporty67,
Was this great plains rat a road kill? Or was it attacked by a predator?

Posted by ncherps about 2 years ago (Flag)
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It was road kill, I just moved to this area and don't know some of the species that live around here. I am using a Peterson's field guide to ID stuff I see, but I think the book is wrong about some of it's descriptions. The great plains rat snake, prairie king snake and the phase of the milk snake that lives around here aren't even listed.

Posted by txsporty67 about 2 years ago (Flag)
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The great plains ratsnake is considered by some as a subspecies of the corn snake (Elaphe guttata emoryi), now newly named Pantherophis emoryi.
Unfortunately Field guides can be out of date by the time they are published, especially if they are not reptile specific, ie. the ones that have numerous animal species in them.
Just use it as a ' guide' but not as a bible ;)
Good luck in the future.
Neil

Posted by ncherps about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Great Plains Ratsnake - Photo (c) A. Jaszlics, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
ncherps's ID: Great Plains Ratsnake (Pantherophis emoryi)
Posted by ncherps about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Great Plains Ratsnake - Photo (c) A. Jaszlics, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
txsporty67's ID: Great Plains Ratsnake (Pantherophis emoryi)
Posted by txsporty67 about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Great Plains Ratsnake - Photo (c) A. Jaszlics, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
txsporty67's ID: Great Plains Ratsnake (Pantherophis emoryi)
Great Plains Ratsnake - Photo (c) A. Jaszlics, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
Community ID: Great Plains Ratsnake (Pantherophis emoryi)
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