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 Texas Lyre Snake (Trimorphodon biscutatus vilkinsonii)




Texas Lyre Snake | Trimorphodon biscutatus-vilkinsonii photo
Texas Lyre Snake

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

TEXAS LYRE SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Texas Lyre Snake is generally a brown, tan or grey in color with dark brown blotching down the back. They have large eyes with vertical pupils. Their is a distinctive V shaped pattern on their head which resembles the shape of a lyre. Lyre snakes are nocturnal, spending most of their time hiding in rock crevices.

Size
to 100cm

Environment
rocky hillsides and rocky outcrops in desert scrub, grassland, shrubland, woodland

Food
feed on lizards, and small rodents, frogs and bats.

Breeding
Eggs are probably laid under rock cover

Range
found in the Big Bend region of Texas and southern New Mexico, to northeastern Chihuahua, Mexico

Notes
Their venom is not considered to be harmful to humans.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Trimorphodon
Species:biscutatus vilkinsonii
Common Name:Texas Lyre Snake


Relatives in same Genus
  Baja California Lyresnake (T. biscutatus lyrophanes)