While road cruising through whitewater area I came across this glossy snake and after taking pics and letting it go I saw some boards and junk so I started looking around and found a beautiful rosy boa on the crawl. If I hadn't stopped for the glossy I wouldn't have seen the rosy!
The Arizona subspecies, spots/color look quite different then the ones I'm used to in SoCal.
Only herp found road cruising, took pics then let go. This was in Whitewater area. Glad I at least found something this late in season.
Is this a juvenile Prairie King Snake or Great Plains Rat Snake perhaps?
near Dry Wash
Arizona elegans is a species of medium-sized colubrid snake commonly referred to as the glossy snake or the faded snake, which is endemic to the southwestern United States and Mexico. The genus Arizona has only one officially recognized species, A. elegans, with several subspecies. Some have recommended that A. elegans occidentalis be granted full species status.