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The Serpent Ringtail (Erpetogomphus lampropeltis) occurs from southern California to far west Texas. It is similar to other ringtail species, but the western form shows a grayish-green thorax. The first nine shots on this page were taken on Piru Creek, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles Co., California, in August, 2012, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender with 580 flash. Go forward to image 10 for a series of shots of the Serpent Ringtail form which occurs in west Texas and Arizona; it is quite different in appearance but considered the same species.

Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Cienega Creek,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 August 2013


This is the subspecies E. lampropeltis natrix which is visually quite different (more green) from the nominate form in southern California which is quite gray overall.

Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Cienega Creek,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 August 2013


This is the subspecies E. lampropeltis natrix which is visually quite different (more green) from the nominate form in southern California which is quite gray overall.

Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Cienega Creek,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 August 2013


This is the subspecies E. lampropeltis natrix which is visually quite different (more green) from the nominate form in southern California which is quite gray overall.

Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Cienega Creek,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 August 2013


This is the subspecies E. lampropeltis natrix which is visually quite different (more green) from the nominate form in southern California which is quite gray overall.

Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Bear Creek,
Huachuca Mountains,
Cochise Co., Arizona
26 August 2013


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This is the subspecies E. lampropeltis natrix which is visually quite different (more green) from the nominate form in southern California which is quite gray overall.

Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Sycamore Canyon,
Santa Cruz Co.,
Arizona
28 August 2013
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Sycamore Canyon,
Santa Cruz Co.,
Arizona
28 August 2013
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Gila River at Gila Cliff Dwellings,
Catron Co., New Mexico,
28 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Gila River at Gila Cliff Dwellings,
Catron Co., New Mexico,
28 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
female
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015
Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
female
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015