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Night Snake (Hypsiglena torquata)
Night Snake, New Mexico
Photograph by Gary M Stolz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
NIGHT SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Night Snake is pale grey, beige or light brown with pairs of brown blotches down the back. There are usually three large black blotches on the neck. The underside is white or yellow. It has a flat head with a brown bar behind eyes and white lips. The scales are smooth and may be iridescent. Juveniles are similar to adults.
25cm - 35 cm
arid areas, shrubland, desert, suburban areas, grassland. Prefers areas with good ground cover. Often found under rocks.
eats mainly lizards and lizard eggs. May also eat small snakes, frogs, salamanders, invertebrates.
Lays eggs from April to September.
Found in western United States from southern California to Washington. Also extends south into Baja California in Mexico
The Night Snake is non-venomous, and docile and easily handled. It may flatten its head and coli up vibrating its tail when disturbed.