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Help Identifying Wild Amel Morph (KY)
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Old 05-26-2021, 11:29 PM   #1
Help Identifying Wild Amel Morph (KY)

Hello! I am hoping to identify the morph of a wild corn I found. It was in the dogsí yard and I moved him to the field. I only held it briefly. I didnít think to get a picture so all I have is a description. It was for sure amel but I canít find the exact pattern. (Or Iím not recalling the markings correctly) It was a really vivid red, orange, and white. The eyes were red. I remember the white being large bands and the orange surrounding spots of red. The closest morphs I found is florescent amel and Okatee reverse but Iím not sure if they occur in the wild. I would really appreciate some help. It was a beautiful snake!
Old 05-27-2021, 10:39 AM   #2
Rich Z
Sorry, but without a pic to refer to, it would just be wild guesses as responses.
Old 05-27-2021, 11:31 AM   #3
Any morph can occur in the wild if it's an escaped pet....
Old 05-27-2021, 11:32 PM   #4
If it was a native snake, it might have been any of several species of milk snake, or kingsnake.
Old 05-28-2021, 09:04 PM   #5
Rich Z
In my much younger days I caught two snakes underneath the eroded out edge of a road at Lock Raven Reservoir in Maryland. One was a very dull looking brown blotched snake and the other had blotches of remarkably brilliant red. I thought for certain that I had luckily caught a milk snake and a corn snake at the same spot. But alas, they were both eastern milk snakes. Not that that fact made it a poor day of snake hunting! The color difference between the two was astonishing and I understand why I was confused about the ID. And I had already worn out books with pics of both, even at that young age.

So it is pretty easy to be confused about positive IDs on snakes unless you are very VERY familiar with them. And, unfortunately, without a photo, the one that is the topic of this thread will likely never have it's actual ID known unless it shows up again.

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