Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53691

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Squamata
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Salvadora
Genus species:Salvadora hexalepis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:107 cm
Identification:The western patch-nosed snake has a large rostral scale on the tip of its nose, a yellowish stripe with darker borders down the center of its back, and one dark stripe down each side. The underbelly is a paler color.
Habitat:Lowland deserts, bush flats, desert scrub, grasslands, lower mountain slopes, woodlands
Diet:Carnivore: lizards, grasshoppers, small mammals, reptile eggs
Reproduction:Each female lays 4-10 eggs during the summer.
Behavior:Although the western patch-nosed snake is not a constrictive species, it will still loop around its prey to subdue it. In cooler climates, western patch-nosed snakes are active from April to November.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The enlarged scale on the nose is used for burrowing.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern North America Date:1967-03 Subjects:reptile
herptile
Western patch-nosed snake
snake
Salvadora (Genus)
Colubridae
Snakes
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata