I found this very interesting. So the scarlet king is now its own species and the fox snake has its own genus. Interestingly now the short tail snake is now a memeber of Lampropeltis. Also I believe slowinskii is now its own species also. Some of it is confusing but I get most of the main points. I actually kind of agree with the idea of the scarlet king. To me atleast it seems so much different then the other milk snake subspecies. Although it is probably going to take awhile for other hobbist to warm up to the idea. Also I wonder if putting the Short-tailed Snake in the Lampropeltis genus will make it more popular in the hobby with hobbiest, especialy king snake lovers, with them now wanting to get into a new species of king snake. I looked up about short tailed snakes and I discovered its a small, thin snake only reaching 14-20 inches with 25 inches being the record. Also it is rarely seen above ground and is believed to feed almost exclusively on the Florida crowned snake (Tantilla relicta) and other small snakes and possibly skinks. I'd imagen it'd be a hard captive for the adverage keeper. Any scarlet king keepers interested in taking on a new challenge?