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.”