||Western Hooknose Snake, Western Hook-nosed Snake
||Adults usually 7-11" with a record length of 15 1/6". Smooth scaled, stout-bodied snake with an up-turned nose. Ground color varies from pale yellow to pinkish brown, but it usually pale brown to gray-brown. It is marked with 25 or more jagged, distinctly black-edged darker dorsal crossbands.
||Largely a desert species, often found in areas where mesquite,creosote bush, and agave are dominant plants but also ascending into mountains at least to the pinyon-juniper zone.
||Nocturnal and crepuscular, when disturbed it may exhibit a behavior known as anal popping, where it will expel air from its vent making a popping noise.
||The Western hooknose snake is oviparous. Sexually mature females may lay up to 5 eggs in June.
||Mainly spiders, but centipedes and scorpions are also eaten.