Not Dangerous (Non-poisonous)
Patch-nosed Snakes do not have venom that is dangerous to most humans.
|This fast-moving snake is active in the daytime in deserts, grassland, sagebrush, and pinyon-juniper. It is usually seen on the ground, often sunning on roads in the early morning.
Three subspecies occur in California. The side striping will help to identify the subspecies as will the location. Check the map to determine which one occurs in your area.
|Enlarged rostral (scale on tip of nose)|
|Desert Patch-nosed Snake - Salvadora hexalepsis hexalepsis|
|Mohave Patch-nosed Snake - Salvadora hexalepsis mojavensis|
|Coast Patch-nosed Snake - Salvadora hexalepsis virgultea
Red: S. h. hexalepis - Desert Patch-nosed Snake
Purple: S. h. mojavensis - Mohave Patch-nosed Snake
Orange: S. h. virgultea - Coast Patch-nosed Snake
Violet: Old unconfirmed S. h. virgultea sight record
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