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.

WESTERN SHOVEL-NOSED SNAKE   <br />   Chionactis occipitalis | Snake Species MEXICAN HOG-NOSED SNAKE <br />  Heterodon kennerlyi | Snake Species Sonora semiannulata semiannulata - Variable Groundsnake | Snake Species
Crotalus cerastes laterorepens - Colorado Desert Sidewinder | Snake Species BLACK-NECKED GARTERSNAKE  <br />Thamnophis cyrtopsis	 | Snake Species NORTH AMERICAN RACER  Coluber constrictor | Snake Species
Coluber constrictor paludicola - Everglades Racer | Snake Species Arizona elegans occidentalis - California Glossy Snake | Snake Species SONORAN CORALSNAKE  <br />Micruroides euryxanthus | Snake Species
MILKSNAKE  Lampropeltis triangulum | Snake Species  EASTERN PATCH-NOSED SNAKE <br /> Salvadora grahamiae | Snake Species CHIHUAHUAN NIGHTSNAKE  Hypsiglena jani | Snake Species
Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis - Mohave Patch-nosed Snake | Snake Species Coluber flagellum flagellum - Eastern Coachwhip | Snake Species Crotalus pricei pricei - Western Twin-spotted Rattlesnake | Snake Species
Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti - Florida Cottonmouth | Snake Species Salvadora hexalepis virgultea - Coast Patch-nosed Snake | Snake Species Coluber fuliginosus - Baja California Coachwhip | Snake Species
Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis - Desert Patch-nosed Snake | Snake Species  PRAIRIE RATTLESNAKE <br />  Crotalus viridis | Snake Species Coluber lateralis euryxanthus - Alameda Striped Racer | Snake Species

Copyright © 2012