Saddled Leaf-nosed Snake

Phyllorhynchus browni
Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. August 23rd, 2011.

Road cruising the blacktop roads at night around Alamos, these pretty little snakes were the most commonly encountered species.  The enlarged rostral scale is an amazing adaptation – along its obvious size, the scale is also raised, and is thought to aid the snake in burrowing into the substrate in search of prey.

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