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Sonoran Desert Reptiles
Phyllorhynchus browni (Saddled leafnose snake)

 

 

 Saddled leafnose snake

 Saddled leafnose snake

Diet: lizards and their eggs
Size: 10" to 20" (25 to 51 cm)

Identification: 12 - 20in. (30-51 cm). Resembles Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake in form (see Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake) and scalation, including enlarged rostal scale, but differs greatly in color. Fewer than 17 large, brown, dark-edged blotches (saddles) on back, excluding tail. Light color on head and between blotches, pink or cream. White below, without markings. Apparently eats chiefly lizards and their eggs.


References

Excerpts from A FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS, 3/e by Robert C. Stebbins. Copyright (c) 2003 by Robert C. Stebbins. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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