Striped Racer (Masticophis lateralis) - HM 363844
Observer:
Roberts, Max
Observed:
2021-09-12 12:44:00
Last Modified:
2022-01-07 13:02:13
Country:
United States of America
State:
California
County:
Los Angeles
Age:
Deceased:
Notes:
I heard something in the leaf litter under an oak tree and went to investigate it. I eventually saw that it was a whiptail lizard moving through the leaves. While looking at it, I noticed this Striped Racer sitting still on a rock under the shade of the tree. Was it waiting in ambush to look for lizards/birds looking for shade? It seemed kind of thin and allowed me to get very close before moving away. It also moved off relatively slowly for a racer. The air temperature in the open was likely in the low 90s.
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