Sonoran Shovel-nosed Snake

Subgenus Chionactis
Sonora palarostris palarostris
(Klauber 1937)
Near Bahia Kino, Sonora, Mexico. August 26, 2017.

Another one of those ‘last herp in the last hour of the last day’ experiences, there was no mistaking the identity of this species as the headlights picked it up on the road. Currently in the Chionactis subgenus. In 2018, Sonora was elevated to a ‘supergenus’ containing Chilomeniscus, Chionactis, and Sonora as subgenera. For more information, see:

Cox et al., ‘Synopsis and taxonomic revision of three genera in the snake tribe Sonorini’
JOURNAL OF NATURAL HISTORY, 2018 VOL. 52, NOS. 13–16, 945–988

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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