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Ah, I remember riding the Juno and Pandale roads off Hwy 90, looking for Blair's kingsnakes and Trans Pecos ratsnakes in the 70s. Drive like crazy with juiced up high beam lights trying to spot the things crossing the road in time to keep from wrecking the car to avoid hitting them.
One of the keepers at the Houston Zoo had some of those central plateau banded rock rattlesnakes that are glow in the dark light blue between the bands. One of the most beautifully colored snakes on earth, I think.
Don't get bit by a Trans Pecos copperhead. The...Show more →
I've only done west Texas once, the time we went last year. I plan to go again this year, but the driving all night kind of herping isn't nearly as fun as flipping boards and tin in East Texas and the riparian eastern part of the country.
Haven't suffered a bite yet, and don't plan to. Always been a stickler for protective gear and flipping with tongs and not my hands.
I plan to do the Arizona in August, this year or next. My buddy has been many times.
He and I often enjoy time in east Louisiana hiking up these guys in the summer:
Zeiss 135 APO Sonnar
Crotalus horridus (Canebrake Rattlesnake) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr