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A really nice, clean, California Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata) from Northern California.  Though current taxonomy recommends that Mountain Kings in California be split into just 2 species, with no subspecies, this snake is still L. z. multifasciata to me.  I'm generally not an early adopter of taxonomic changes. It seems that, in today's age of rapidly advancing scientific techniques, if you don't like the new name of a species you've known for decades as something else, give it a couple years... it'll probably change again... sometimes even back to the old name.  But whatever you want to call this snake, she's a beaut. (Just don't call it a coral snake)⠀
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A really nice, clean, California Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata) from Northern California. Though current taxonomy recommends that Mountain Kings in California be split into just 2 species, with no subspecies, this snake is still L. z. multifasciata to me. I'm generally not an early adopter of taxonomic changes. It seems that, in today's age of rapidly advancing scientific techniques, if you don't like the new name of a species you've known for decades as something else, give it a couple years... it'll probably change again... sometimes even back to the old name. But whatever you want to call this snake, she's a beaut. (Just don't call it a coral snake)⠀ ⠀ #herpetology  #snake  #zonata  #snakesofinstagram  #reptilesofinstagram  #fieldherping  #herping  #herpsofinstagram  #reptilesofig  #colubrid  #reptilephotography  #notacoralsnake  #kingsnake  #mountainkingsnake  #nonvenomous  #lampropeltis  ⠀ #igscwildlife  #global4nature  #wildlifephotography  #wildlife_seekers  #wildlifeplanet  #wildlifeaddicts  #animalelite  #ig_naturesbest  #animal_sultans  #wildlife_perfection  #splendid_animals  #majestic_wildlife_  #wildbayarea  #wildcalifornia 

22 Comments:

  1. jay_k_zed

    Beautiful coral snake 😜 👏📷

  2. snakes_n_arrows

    Very nice! Classic SCM animal.

  3. katie.new.england

    Beautiful!! ♥️

  4. ecoexposurephotography

    @spencer.riffle thanks Spencer

  5. ecoexposurephotography

    @zacharge thanks Zach

  6. ecoexposurephotography

    @jay_k_zed haha. Touché

  7. ecoexposurephotography

    @snakes_n_arrows thanks Ben

  8. ecoexposurephotography

    @katie.new.england thank you Katie. 🙏

  9. pinnipedlab

    hey! isn't that a coral snake?

  10. chadmlane

    The change is legit, all the former subspecies were based off "looks" never anything else, generally speaking most subspecies are bogus. If you read the paper, and have knowledge of California's past geography it actually makes a lot of sense of the two current species. (Also was done in 2013 so not exactly "new")

  11. chadmlane

    More importantly beautifully done image, with great lighting.

  12. ecoexposurephotography

    @chadmlane I wasn't questioning the legitimacy, just griping about taxonomy in general. Many species I work with have undergone lots of name changes over the years, some only to revert back to the original change. Latin names are supposed to be the definitive way of distinguishing species (unlike common names)... but it's hard when names undergo multiple changes is short order. Also, name changes are often not universally accepted, which further adds to the confusion. Not at all saying the change wasn't warranted. Just a bit weird to think that the southern species is no longer "zonata" 😐

  13. ecoexposurephotography

    @pinnipedlab Grrrrr... 😜

  14. ecoexposurephotography

    @chadmlane thanks Chad 👍

  15. chadmlane

    @ecoexposurephotography I think right now the problem is we don't even have a solid outline of the definition of what a species is. I do however feel your frustration especially with these idiots using mitochondrial DNA to describe species and subspecies which is bullshit and poor science.

  16. zacharge

    @chadmlane , @ecoexposurephotography not to derail your conversation, but any word if L. zonata agalma are "multifasciata" now? Also, Joe, I agree, I grew up with the Z (all all other Lampropeltis) subspecies. It hurts my head haha

  17. ecoexposurephotography

    @zacharge Zach I believe L. z. agalma is now jus part of the southern species, Lampropeltis multifasciata

  18. jared68nova

    Definitely a clean one.

  19. johnworden.nc

    One of the more beautiful zonata I have seen anywhere. Great shot.

  20. ecoexposurephotography

    @johnworden.nc thanks John. She was definitely a looker!

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