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 Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)




Long-Nosed Snake | Rhinocheilus lecontei photo
Texas Longnose Snake, New Mexico

Photograph by Gary M. Stolz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

Long-Nosed Snake | Rhinocheilus lecontei photo
Texas Longnose Snake, New Mexico

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Long-Nosed Snake | Rhinocheilus lecontei photo
Texas Longnose Snake, New Mexico

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Long-Nosed Snake | Rhinocheilus lecontei photo
Western Long-Nosed Snake

Photograph by Chris Brown. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

LONG-NOSED SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Long-Nosed Snake is a slender snake. It is cream with black saddle shaped markings with smaller reddish patches between the black markings. (Some snakes have no red marks). The underside is cream or yellow with no markings. The head is cream with small black spots. The sides have black saddle shaped marks speckled with white. The snout is very pointed. Juveniles have more prominent banding and no speckling (or faint speckles). The Western Long-Nosed Snake is a gentle species that vibrates tail when annoyed. It is similar in appearance to the California Kingsnake

Size
length 48-75 cm

Environment
Long-nosed snakes are found in arid and semi-arid deserts, grasslands, shrublands, and prairies. They are shy, nocturnal burrowing snakes and spend most of their time underground.

Food
They feed on lizards, amphibians, smaller snakes, but do not often eat rodents.

Breeding
Long-Nosed Snakes are oviparous, and lay clutches of 4-9 eggs in the early summer. The eggs hatch in late summer or early fall.

Range
found in northern Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas.

Notes
harmless to humans. They do not readily bite, but release a foul smelling musk from their cloaca if harassed.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Rhinocheilus
Species:lecontei
Common Name:Long-Nosed Snake