(Source: Flickr / mattpandor4)
Meet the Common, But Beautiful Scarlet Kingsnake
by Richard Bartlett
The first time I ever saw a scarlet kingsnake, Lampropeltis (triangulum) elapsoides, I was in northern Georgia herping with Gordy Johnston.
On our way to Florida, we had stopped at a small patch of recently burned pine woodlands as much as for a break in the driving as for actually herping. We checked the environs of a small soot-edged pond, seeing only a southern leopard frog or two. Along the way we rolled a log now and again, finding first a slimy salamander and then absolutely nothing under the next several…
(read more: Kingsnake.com)
photos by Richard Bartlett
I went to check on this little jerkface this morning expecting a nice shiny newly shed snake and didn’t see him in his usual spots. So I pulled back the paper towels and my heart stopped for a moment because he was lying belly up in a perfect little loosely coiled death spiral. I kinda just stared at him a second and then poked him to make sure, and that’s when I realized he was just sleeping upside down. He scooched his coils up and looked at me and then went back to sleep so I grabbed the camera.
I wanted to show off my beautiful Fire Spider from Ben Rogers reptiles! I’ve been incredibly happy with him. :)
This is my first Albino Darwin love… I was emailing around years ago and fell in love with him. I offered the breeder $3000 and they said they couldn’t part with him because he was in a breeding project. Years later I’m still hunting for one as perfect as he is… I’ve just dug out these old images from the archives and have emailed the breeder to see if any offspring have come up as nice as he is… He’s a tough act to follow and I just can’t seem to find one that suits me the way he does! Maybe he has been retired and they will sell him to me! (Hey, a girl can dream!).