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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.


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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