Snake Species Dinosaur species

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

SPOTTED LEAF-NOSED SNAKE
Phyllorhynchus decurtatus

 SPOTTED LEAF-NOSED SNAKE  <br />   Phyllorhynchus decurtatus - snake species | gveli | გველი

SPOTTED LEAF-NOSED SNAKE
Phyllorhynchus decurtatus

DESCRIPTION:
A small (up to 510 mm or 20"in total length) light tan, cream or pinkish tan snake with more than 17 brown or gray-brown blotches on the body. Smaller brown or gray-brown blotches mark the sides.

A dark line extends down from the eye to the upper lip. The snout is blunt and the head is barely distinct from the thick neck. The scale on the snout (rostral) is large, thick, triangular, and shield-like. The underside is plain pale gray or white. The scales are smooth and shiny and the pupils are elliptical. The similar Saddled Leaf-nosed Snake has fewer than 18 dorsal blotches.

DISTRIBUTION:
This snake is distributed across Arizona's western and southwestern deserts at elevations ranging from just above sea level along the states western border to approximately 4,000'.

HABITAT:
It inhabits Sonoran Desertscrub and Mohave Desertscrub communities. In some areas it enters the lower reaches of Semidesert Grassland. It is found in open creosotebush flats, rocky bajadas, washes, and large drainages within desert mountain ranges.

BEHAVIOR:
It is a nocturnal ground dweller. It uses its enlarged rostral scale for burrowing and spends the majority of its time under the soil. It hibernates during the cold months of late fall and winter. It is commonly encountered on the surface at night in June.

DIET:
This dietary specialist feeds almost exclusively on the eggs of lizards and snakes. It might occasionally eat lizards.

REPRODUCTION:
It lays a clutch of up to 6 eggs in summer. Hatchlings begin to emerge in July.

Bogertophis subocularis subocularis  - Trans-Pecos Ratsnake | Snake Species RING-NECKED SNAKE <br /> Diadophis punctatus | Snake Species Lampropeltis triangulum celaenops - New Mexico Milksnake | Snake Species
Micruroides euryxanthus euryxanthus - Arizona Coralsnake | Snake Species GREEN RATSNAKE  Senticolis triaspis | Snake Species  TWIN-SPOTTED RATTLESNAKE <br /> Crotalus pricei | Snake Species
Arizona elegans philipi  - Painted Desert Glossy Snake | Snake Species Lampropeltis getula holbrooki - Speckled Kingsnake | Snake Species Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix  - Southern Copperhead | Snake Species
 DESERT NIGHTSNAKE  Hypsiglena chlorophaea | Snake Species Agkistrodon contortrix phaeogaster  - Osage Copperhead | Snake Species Crotalus oreganus abyssus  - Grand Canyon Rattlesnake | Snake Species
Pituophis catenifer annectens - San Diego Gopher Snake | Snake Species Liochlorophis (Opheodrys) vernalis - Smooth Greensnake | Snake Species Sonora semiannulata semiannulata - Variable Groundsnake | Snake Species
Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii - Desert Massasauga | Snake Species SPECKLED RATTLESNAKE<br />  Crotalus mitchellii | Snake Species Diadophis punctatus regalis - Regal Ring-necked Snake | Snake Species
Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi - Valley Gartersnake | Snake Species Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus - Red-striped Ribbon Snake | Snake Species WESTERN DIAMOND-BACKED  RATTLESNAKE   <br />    Crotalus atrox | Snake Species

Copyright © 2012