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Family: Colubridae Order: Squamata Class: Reptilia
DISTRIBUTION, ABUNDANCE, AND SEASONALITY
Joshua Tree National Park Wildlife
Mojave Glossy Snake Arizona occidentalis candida Prefers sandy areas, but also occurs on hard pan or in rocky areas; northern section (common) ...
Death Valley Snakes
Desert Patch-nosed Snake Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis Rocky and sandy areas from lower slopes and washes up to 6000 feet. Desert Glossy Snake ...
Death Valley Wildlife
Males are glossy-black with long tails; the brown females have shorter tails. ... Sidewinder (snake) The rattlesnakes are found mainly in lower elevations. ...
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Eastern Glossy Snake. Photo credits. Diagnostic Features:. Adult Size: 20-35 inches; Color:. Brown spots with dark border on cream ground color. ...
Arizona elegans eburnata - Desert Glossy Snake
Smooth, glossy scales with a faded or bleached-out appearance, generally paler than other California Glossy snake subspecies - a light cream ground color ...
Glossy Snakes found in California
Glossy Snakes found in California. Click on a picture for a larger view. Glossy snakes are fairly large, slow-moving nocturnal snakes inhabiting deserts and ...
Arizona elegans, the California Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans occidentalis - California Glossy Snake Photos by Chris Brown. Scientific name: Arizona elegans occidentalis. Common name: California Glossy ...
wildherps.com - Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans)
We found this snake crawling across a road at about 9:00 PM. Glossy snakes look like smaller, less strongly-patterned gophersnakes. They're nocturnal in the ...
Glossy snake-Arizona Biodiversity Image Gallery
Arizona elegans Glossy snake. Yuma Co.- KOFA mountains, 01 Oct 2005.
The glossy snake (Arizona elegans) and its many subspecies are all similar in appearance to gopher snakes. They are small, with narrow, pointed heads, ...
Photo by Chris Brown
Photo by Chris Brown
Photo by Chris Brown
Scientific name: Arizona elegans occidentalis
Common name: California Glossy Snake
Size: 25.2-38.9 in (64-99 cm)
Distinguishing characters: Smooth, glossy scales; chocolate colored body blotches on a tan or light brown ground color; prominent eye stripe; eyes with slightly vertical pupils; countersunk lower jaw; single anal scale.
Juveniles: Similar to adults, but blotches darker.
Similar species: Pituophis melanoleucas: Has keeled scales; eyes with round pupils; divided anal scale. Hypsiglena torquata: Has a triangular flattened head; vertical pupils; white labial scales.
Additional notes: An uncommon species in focal area, although historically this subspecies was widespread. Primarily nocturnal, it is associated with loose soils in valleys and washes suitable for burrowing. Gentle, calm, and easily handled. This appears to be a species currently in great decline. Surveys for suitable habitat should be conducted and sightings of this species should be verified and recorded.