Lampropeltis nigrita Western Black Kingsnake
Also known as:
Mexican Black Kingsnake
The all-black kingsnakes in the Sonoran desert have been included in Lampropeltis getula by some authors and in Lampropeltis californiae by others. They were elevated into a species of their own by Krysko et al in 2017.
near Álamos, Sonora, MexicoAugust 21, 2017
Western Black Kingsnake (Lampropeltis nigrita)
We found this handsome fellow on the road at night. I tried to get in situ photos, but the snake would not stop moving and we didn't want to hang around for a long time to increase our chances of finding more snakes. This was the last snake we found, though. The next day it was a little more willing to hold a position for a few seconds.
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