Scientific name: Salvadora hexalepis virgultea
Common name: Coast Patch-Nosed Snake
Size: 22-34 in (56-87 cm)
Distinguishing characters: A slender species; yellow or beige mid-dorsal stripe bordered by dark tan or brown side stripes; dull white venter, becoming orangish toward tail; rostral scale large, thick and triangular in shape; large, dark eyes with round pupils; smooth scales; divided anal scale.
Juveniles: Similar to adults.
Dimorphism: Male has keeled scales above vent and at base of tail.
Similar species: Lampropeltis getula (striped phase): Lacks the distinctive enlarged rostral scale.
Additional notes: An alert fast-moving diurnal species that is difficult to capture. Individuals are typically gentle when handled.
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Last update: 05 March 2003