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DEATH VALLEY WILDLIFE >
Reptiles > Snakes
Sharing the order Squamata with lizards, snakes are a legless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous.
Western Blind Snake
Nocturnal; under rocks, among roots on brush covered slopes; from below sea level to 4000 feet.
Mostly nocturnal; low foothills and canyons below 4500 feet; watered areas.
Western Leaf-nosed Snake
Phyllorhyncus decurtatus perkinsi
Nocturnal; sandy and gravelly soil among creosote bush; rocky foothills.
Western Coachwhip (Red Racer)
Masticophis flagellum pices
Common throughout park; often seen crossing roads; very fast and heat-tolerant; an agressive snake, will bite if disturbed.
Near water in Black Mountains and Cottonwood Mountains.
Desert Patch-nosed Snake
Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis
Rocky and sandy areas from lower slopes and washes up to 6000 feet.
Desert Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans eburnata
Nocturnal; sandy or grassy areas at low elevations.
Great Basin Gopher Snake
Pituophis catenifer deserticola
From rock-strewn desert foothills into mountains; good climber.
Lampropeltis getula californiae
Panamint and Grapevine Mountains; nocturnal in hot weather.
Western Long-nosed Snake
Rhinocheilus lecontei lecontei
Nocturnal; mid-elevations of park
Western Ground Snake
Nocturnal and secretive; sandy or fine gravel to over 4000 feet.
Mojave Shovel-nosed Snake
Chionactus occipitalis occipitalis
Nocturnal; sandy areas of the low desert; sage flats.
Southwestern Black-headed Snake
Nocturnal; Panamint Mountains.
California Lyre Snake
Trimorphodon biscutatus vandenburghi
Nocturnal; rocky areas; sea level to over 4000 ft.
Desert Night Snake
Nocturnal; many habitats from below sea level to over 5000 ft.
Crotalus mitchelli stephensi
Rocky areas in foothills and mountains; venomous.
Mojave Desert Sidewinder
Crotalus cerates cerates
Nocturnal and common; mesquite hummocks and sand dunes; from below sea level to 4500 feet; venomous.