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bird vs snake

June 9, 2015. In the walk in aviary, a captive curve billed thrasher was giving a hard time to a free roaming coachwhip.

bird vs snake
    • Arizona Docent
      June 9, 2015. In the walk in aviary, a captive curve billed thrasher was giving a hard time to a free roaming coachwhip.
    • wally war eagle
      very unusual color morphology for coachwhip, Masticophis. Looks piebold, mottled.
    • savethelephant
      What was the outcome of this?
    • Arizona Docent
      Yes I noticed the color too. I have seen several coachwhips, both in the wild and in zoos, and they have been either all black or all red. I have not seen one like this that is half and half.

      The outcome is the snake kept going along the fenceline trying to find a way out. Eventually the bird gave up and left it alone. I think the snake found a hole near the fence to retreat into.

      I rarely go in the aviary, but many years ago I was in here and also saw a coachwhip.
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