Authored by: Garth Teitjen
||A small slender (13"- 24" in total length) strikingly colored with
red, yellow or cream, and wide black rings that completely encircle
the body. The red bands touch the yellow bands. The head and snout are
black. The tail usually lacks red bands. The head is short barely
distinct from the neck. Pupils are round and the scales are smooth and
glossy. Anal divided.
||Inhabitant of Chihuahuan desertscrubs, to Semidesert grassland. It is
usually encountered above the flats in or near rocky or gravelly
drainages, mesquite lined washes, and canyons
||A secretive snake. Chiefly nocturnal.
||Hibernates during the cold months.
||Lays 2-3 eggs.
||Young may feeds on insects. Adults eat small snakes and lizards.