A Partial Albino Hatchling Northern Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus edwardsii, from Big Tancook Island, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada

John Gilhen, Graham Caswell, Carrie Drake, Mary MacDonald, Heather McKinnon-Ramshaw


On 10 June 2012 a sample of seven gravid female Northern Ring-necked Snakes (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii), from Big Tancook Island, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, was selected for a seasonal live display at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax. A total of 13 eggs was removed from the display in late June 2012 and incubated for public viewing. The eggs began hatching on 22 August 2012. One of the hatchlings was partial albino (with zanthophores or amelanistic). This is the first record of an albinistic Northern Ring-necked Snake in Nova Scotia.


partial albino; zanthophore; amelanistic; hatchling; Northern Ring-necked Snake; Diadophis punctatus edwardsii; Big Tancook Island; Nova Scotia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22621/cfn.v126i4.1381

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