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Flat-headed Snake
Tantilla gracilis









 

 

 

NON-VENOMOUS

 

Description: 
This small snake has either a brown, tan, or rust colored back and a head that is darker than its body. It has a pink belly and smooth scales.

Size: 
Adults 7 - 8 inches (18 - 20 cm)

Prey: 
Centipedes, slugs, insects (and their larvae), and sowbugs.

Reproduction: 
Mates in spring months and lays a clutch of up to four eggs, which hatch in early fall.

Habitat: 
Rocky prairies and wooded hillsides.

Other Information: 
A similar species is the plains black-headed snake, which has seven upper labial scales. The flat-headed snake has only six and has a lighter colored body.

 

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