Mesa Verde Night Snake

Hypsiglena chlorophaea loreala
Tanner, 1946
Montezuma Co., Colorado. May 27th, 2011.

Even in May, nights in the Four Corners area get chilly, and the window for road cruising is small. This snake turned up on the last pass of the evening. The flattened head is a bit of viper mimicry, and is somewhat typical of dipsadinine snakes, although I haven’t seen it as much with Hypsiglena.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

Colorado 2011 Flickr album is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

 

 

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