Salvadora hexalepis deserticola
Big Bend Patchnose Snake
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Authored by: Garth Teitjen
||Desert Patchnose, Western Patchnose
||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
||Found in open grasslands, chaparral, sagebrush
and desert scrub. Also occurs in lower slopes of mountains, mesquite,
catsclaw and creosote bush plains.
||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.
||Mates in early spring. Has clutches of 5-10 eggs.
||Eats lizards, lizards eggs, small snakes, nestling birds and mammals.