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Western Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
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Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)

General Description: A medium sized with alternating red, black, and yellow bands on the dorsum. The belly is light and unmarked. Red and yellow scaled flecked with black, black scales flecked with white.

Taxonomy: Colubrid Snakes Family (Colubridae)

Technical Description: Length to 36 in. Dorsal pattern alternating red, black, and yellow bands. Black dorsal bands flecked with white; red and white bands flecked with black. Ventral surface pale with a few dark spots near the edges. Scales smooth. Head is long and only slightly wider than the neck. Most scales on the ventral surface of the tail are in a single row; anal single.

Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)

Diet: Feeds on lizards, lizard eggs, snakes, birds, and small mammals. Kills by constriction.

Habitat: Mojave Desert scrub and salt desert scrub habitats with open sandy surfaces and scattered brush; also found in rocky areas below 5,000 ft in elevation.

Range: The species occurs from Nebraska to Idaho to California, and southward into central Mexico. This subspecies occurs in almost all of Nevada, central and southern California, Utah, western and southern Arizona, and northern Mexico.

Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)

Breeding: One or two clutches of 4-11 eggs laid during summer.

Similar Species: In southern Nevada, no other species of red, black, and white banded snake has the black and white flecking seen in this species. In Kingsnakes, the scales on ventral surface of the tail are in two rows. Coral snakes, which also have adjacent red-and-yellow bands, have a black head (remember: black lips bring the kiss of death).

Comments: Primarily crepuscular. When threatened, this species may freeze, flee, or seek cover. They may also hide the head under a coil and vibrate the tail like a rattlesnake. When handled, this species may constrict the fingers, seeming trying to hold on and prevent falling. May not musk.

Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) In this atypical pattern, the snake is only black and white, but notice the white flecking in the black.
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Notice the banding pattern similar to a coral snake
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
White belly
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Looking for an escape route
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Escaping across open country
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Escaping across open country
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Finding a place to hide
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Escape cover
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Escape cover
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Hiding head under a coil
Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Hiding head under a coil
Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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