Tantilla nigriceps
Plains Black-Headed Snake

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Description: A small snake 7" to 15". Head cap dark brown to black. Scales smooth. Tan to light brown in body coloration. Whiteish below with pink or orange stripe on belly.
Venom: Venom is delivered to prey via enlarged, grooved teeth in the rear upper jaw (not considered to be dangerous to humans).
Habitat: A secretive snake that frequents brushland, grassland, cresosote brush, high scrub desert, sagebrush, thornscrub, open chaparral and woodland. Attracted to stream bottoms and river bottoms.
Behavior: Occasionally nocturnal. Fround beneath rocks, logs, boards, dead yuccas, agave and other plant debris.
Reproduction: Lays a clutch of 1-3 eggs.
Diet: Their diet consists spiders scorpions centipedes, crickets, grasshoppers, millipedes. and insect larva.
Authored by: Garth Teitjen