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Sonoran Desert Reptiles
Phyllorhynchus decurtatus (Spotted leafnose snake)

 

 

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

Identification: 12 - 20 in. (30-51 cm). A pale, blotched snake with a blunt snout formed by much enlarged rostal scale with free edges. Pink, tan, yellowish, or pale gray above, with more than 17 middorsal brown blotches between back of head and region above vent. Blotches also extend onto tail. White below, unmarked. Pupils vertical. Dorsal scales smooth, except occasionally in males. Subocular present. Rostral completely separates internasals. Anal single. Eats small lizards, including Banded Geckos, 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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