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Texas Nightsnake
Hypsiglena torquata jani







     

 

 

NON-VENOMOUS

 

Description: 
This snake has a light tan body color with darker brown spots running down its back. It has smooth scales and a white belly with no markings. The neck will have elongated blotches on it, and they can number up to three, or as seen in these photos, they can be fused into one blotch that resembles a crown. There is a dark bar that runs behind each eye, and the snake has vertical pupils.

Size: 
Adults 12 - 16 inches (31 - 41 cm)

Prey: 
Small lizards and frogs.

Reproduction: 
Mates in spring and lays a clutch of 4 - 6 eggs that hatch during the summer months.

Habitat: 
Dry areas with sandy and rocky soil.

Other Information: 
This snake is rear-fanged, but uses its mildly toxic saliva to subdue its prey. It poses absolutely no threat to humans. As its name suggests, it's a nocturnal species that's rarely seen during the day. It spends that time hidden away under rocks and logs.

 

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