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 Mountain Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae)




Mountain Patchnose Snake | Salvadora grahamiae photo
Mountain Patchnose Snake

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

MOUNTAIN PATCHNOSE SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Mountain Patchnose Snake is a long and slender tan or cream colored snake with two wide dark brown or black stripes on the back. The back stripes have straight edges. The centre of the back between the dark stripes is tan or cream. The sides are light gray or tan. The underside is pale cream, and may have a pale pink or peach wash under the tail. The eyes are large with round pupils.

Size
average length 90cm

Environment
evergreen woodland, coniferous woodland, usually found in hilly or mountainous terrain

Food
eat lizards, snakes, and occasionally rodents

Breeding
Mating takes place in spring. Females lay a clutch of up to 10 eggs in summer. Eggs hatch in August.

Range
south eastern Arizona in the west, southern and central New Mexico, southern and central Texas. Also found in northern Mexico.

Notes
The Mountain Patchnose Snake is non-venomous and harmless to humans.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Salvadora
Species:grahamiae
Common Name:Mountain Patchnose Snake


Relatives in same Genus
  Coast Patch-Nosed Snake (S. hexalepis virgultea)