|River Road Alterna - Circa 1985|
Adult from the early days. A River Road pattern at its simplest. Most and perhaps all of the alterna localities across the state of Texas contain individual specimens whose pattern morphology fits the bill of "from anywhere and everywhere" in a locality sense. Even after seeing and working with hundreds of alterna from various localities, I could not definitively pigeonhole this animal. Juno Road, Langtry, Sanderson, Black Gap, and of course the River Road are a few of the localities that could have easily produced this snake. From an evolutionary point of view it makes one wonder if there is not a base morphology or common pattern ancestor to the pandemonium of patterns that have developed within the various localities. This snake would surely be a contender for such an animal.