Saddled Cat-eyed Snake

Leptodeira splendida ephippiata
SMITH & TANNER 1944
Sonora, Mexico. August 21, 2011

I found this snake as it cruised about in a small wetland area, where I had stopped to get photographs of calling frogs.  I suspect the snake and I were after the same quarry – amphibians are a frequent prey item for this species and other Leptodeira.  Tropical deciduous forest is the primary habitat of this snake,but this snake was found east of Yecora, in an area of mixed grasslands and pine-oak forests.

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