Salvadora grahamiae
Eastern Patchnose Snake

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Subspecies: Mountain Patchnose Snake Salvadora grahamiae grahamiae
Description: Adults are 22" - 47" in length. A thin light gray to light brown snake with a light wide stripe of white, gray or yellow running down the back with parallel bordered black stripes The dark stripes are distinct and have clean edges. This species has a large, triangular free-edged rostral scale. Belly white or pinkish white.
Similar Species: The Western Patchnose has four distinct longitudinal lines on the dorsum with the outer pair of lines on the fourth scale row at midbody; the middorsal color is tan to brownish-orange and is darker than the paler ground color of the sides; there are 9 upper lablials and the chinshields are always separated by 2-3 scale widths. No other lined species has the patch-like rostral.
Venom: None
Habitat: A snake and rough terrain, rocky canyons, plateaus and mountain slopes. Found usually above 4,000 ft. Found in open woodland forests and in forests in mountains.
Behavior: Diurnal
Hibernation: Deep in cracks of rocks.
Reproduction: Mates in early spring. Has clutches of 5-10 eggs.
Diet: Eats lizards, lizards eggs, small snakes, nestling birds and mammals
Authored by: Garth Teitjen