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Desert Patch-nosed Snake - Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis

(Cope, 1866)
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Desert Patch-nosed Snake Desert Patch-nosed Snake Desert Patch-nosed Snake
Adult, Maricopa County, Arizona Detail of side stripes
Desert Patch-nosed Snake Desert Patch-nosed Snake  
Adult, Maricopa County, Arizona
 
   
Habitat
  Desert Patch-nosed Snake habitat  
  Habitat, Maricopa County, Arizona
 
     
Short Videos
Desert Patch-nosed Snake Desert Patch-nosed Snake  
A cold and sluggish Desert Patch-nosed Snake is gently prodded with a stick to encourage it to move for the camera, but the snake retaliates by racing away in a blur in typical patch-nosed snake fashion. An intergrade patch-nosed snake on a dirt road in the morning makes a few attempts to get away from me, then after waiting patiently for the right moment, finally dashes across the road to freedom.  
     



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