Salvadora hexalepis
Western Patchnose Snake

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Other Names: Desert Patchnose
Description: This patch nosed snake is 20"-40" in length. A thin tan to orange brown snake with a light wide stripe of white, tan or yellow running down the back with parallel bordered by dark brown stripes. Belly white or peach. This species has a large, triangular rostral scale that is curved over snout. The dark stripes are distinct and have clean edges.
Venom: None
Habitat: Found in open grasslands, chaparral, sagebrush and desert scrub. Also occurs in lower slopes of mountains, mesquite, catsclaw and creosote bush plains.
Behavior: A diurnal desert snake that can tolerate higher temperatures than most other snakes. An active fast moving snake. Chiefly a ground dweller but may climb in lower branches of bushes.
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