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 Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans)




Glossy Snake | Arizona elegans photo
Glossy Snake

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GLOSSY SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Glossy Snake is a small colubrid snake. They have narrow pointed heads and are quite variable in colour and pattern. Color ranges from tan, brown, and gray with spotted patterns. They have smooth and shiny skin. The underside is white or cream without markings.

Size
Most subspecies are around 75cm -130cm

Environment
semi-arid grasslands

Food
small mammals and lizards.

Breeding
Glossy snakes are oviparous. The lay clutches of 10 to 20 eggs and young hatch out in early fall. Young that are about 25 cm long at hatching.

Range
California in the west through to Kansas and Texas. Also found in northern Mexico.

Notes
Glossy Snakes are not venomous

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Arizona
Species:elegans
Common Name:Glossy Snake