Rena humilis humilis
(BAIRD & GIRARD 1853)
San Diego Co., California. May 18, 2015
This snake was a surprising find, tucked under a piece of plywood in a bone-dry field. Even more surprising – the snake froze in place long enough for me to take a few shots. Rena are notorious for their lack of cooperation during photo sessions.
Formerly placed in the genus Leptotyphlops. The Reptile Database reports on the etymology of Rena: “The generic name is feminine and derived from the Latin noun ren (kidney), apparently in allusion to the kidney color (reddish brown) of the type species.”
My Flickr album for Rena humilis is here.