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Plains Black-headed Snake
Tantilla nigriceps






 

 

 

NON-VENOMOUS

 

Description: 
This small snake is either brown or gray in color, and has an obvious black head and neck. Its belly is a light color and usually has a pink line that runs down its center. It has smooth scales and the anal plate is divided.

Size: 
Adults 7 - 12 inches (18 - 31 cm)

Prey: 
Centipedes and insect larvae

Reproduction: 
Typically lays 1 - 3 eggs in early summer

Habitat: 
Rocky and grassy hillsides, where the soil stays moist

Other Information: 
This snake is rear-fanged, but uses its mildly toxic saliva to subdue its prey. It poses absolutely no threat to humans. It spends a lot of time under rocks and in the burrows of other animals.

 

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