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Post  Cameron on Sun May 22, 2011 5:03 pm

Ok, Monica and I drove out to Lubbock Thursday night for a little get away. About an hour from there (at around 1:30 AM, there was a snake in the road. It was about 6 feet long and thick. It was patternless and in the headlights looked white or a real light ashy gray color. Any ideas? It was raining, about 1:30 am and we had been driving for 5 hours. So I didn't bother to stop and get a closer look. It was in middle of my lane and I passed over it. I guess I should have stopped and checked it out. Oh well. Any ideas folks??

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Post  Snakeman on Sun May 22, 2011 5:42 pm

Cameron,

Considering your location and your description, it may have been an Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer except they aren't usually considered "thick".

There are very few, if any, other snakes in that area that fit that description.

Was the rain warm or cold ?

Maybe he had just finished eating a good meal ???

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Post  gatsu7 on Sun May 22, 2011 6:02 pm

Leucistic Burmese python. They are taking over!!!!!!

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Post  Snakeman on Sun May 22, 2011 6:48 pm

lol!

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Post  Zak on Mon May 23, 2011 5:25 am

Id cut my right index finger for a lucy burm
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Post  Cameron on Mon May 23, 2011 6:35 am

Larry, it was about 74 degrees, the rain was kinda cooler. I looked at pics of eastern yellowbelly racers and i really don't think it was it. i mean this thing was seriously a white/very light gray snake. kinda like something that isn't normal. i dunno. i'm kicking myself for not stopping.

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Post  tandy on Mon May 23, 2011 7:59 am

If it wasn't an E. yellow-bellied racer, was it in an area where it could have been a Graham's Crayfish Snake? They come to mind first when you say ash/gray coloration. Some are very light gray.

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Post  Cameron on Mon May 23, 2011 9:02 am

It was about an hour east of Lubbock Tx. I'll look up that snake on google and see if it is close.

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Post  Snakeman on Mon May 23, 2011 12:38 pm

The only reason I ask about the rain temperature is because, if by chance the snake was cold or really cool, it might have been lighter in color than normal.

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Post  okherp on Tue May 24, 2011 8:11 pm

I wonder if it may have been a very lightly patterned bull snake?? I'm sure in headlights on a long drive in the rain, it may appear lighter and patternless.

Also, what about a western coachwhip? I don't know about Lubbock, but the coachwhips in Black Mesa are light pink. It should be slender, but like Larry said, perhaps a decent meal would've fattened it up.
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Post  snakefreak on Wed May 25, 2011 1:21 am

Yeah, a lot of times snakes appear a lot lighter and patternless when seen in the headlights at night. For example, when I was road hunting earlier this week I came across 4 Pygmy Rattlesnakes, and when driving up to them with the head lights they almost appeared to be little patternless white snakes on the dark pavement (which of coarse Pygmy Rattlers are not patternless or white). It is just how the light reflects back on some snakes I think.
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