(E-mails from George R. Pisani [University of
Kansas], 13 Jan 2012)
A friend just sent me the link, so as a herpetologist I thought
I'd let you know what I told her. Which is:
LOL! Yes. and in fact it has been the focus of a lot of my
detective work because said snake isn't found anywhere NEAR the
Snake River. It took several versions for me to finally see the
head of the snake clearly, though I called it as a ratsnake early
on from the sharp angle the belly makes with the side of snake.
Head nailed it as a Texas Ratsnake, so I emailed a friend in LA
who has worked on them. He said when HE saw the email (which is a
really interesting set of pics) it said "from Comal River" (TX),
which made lots more sense.
Have a great weekend!
(E-mails from Ryan O'Donnell [Utah State
University], 11 Jan 2012)
Don't believe everything you read on the internet!
Those pictures were almost certainly not taken on the Snake River
in Washington. For one, the man is wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and
sandals in eastern Washington in late November, which is unlikely.
(The average maximum temperature for the month is about 50 F). But
more importantly, that snake is a Texas Fox Snake, which is found
in Texas and Louisiana, plus a little bit of Oklahoma. Not to
mention the "falcon" is clearly not a falcon. (A young Red-tailed
Hawk, I think? Tough to tell when it's all wet like that. It does
look a little small in the hand to me for a Red-tail, but I'm not
(E-mails from Deborah Cannon,
21 Apr 2012)
You have a series of pics
posted...about a Hawk and a snake.
It IS on the snake river...Snake River, Texas. [Later she
corrected this to the "Comal River," as George mentioned
in the email above -- the
is a 2.5 mile long navigable river in
New Braunfels Texas] I know this as the
man in the photo is a long time friend who lives in Austin.
Funny how stuff gets passed around with miss-information.