Field Guide to Snakes of North America: Western Region

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Providing thorough descriptions of all 158 species and subspecies, this guide presents thousands of facts and figures that will help you identify, understand, and appreciate the snakes of western North America.
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Providing thorough descriptions of all 158 species and subspecies, this guide presents thousands of facts and figures that will help you identify, understand, and appreciate the snakes of western North America.
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... Snakes of North America: Western Region is a comprehensive guide to the wide variety of snakes found in the western region of North America. Snakes of North America: Western Region is confidently recommended as being a first-rate reference and field guide filled from cover to cover with the collective wisdom of tow experienced herpetological professionals.
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Snakes of North America: Western Region is confidently recommended as being a first-rate reference and field guide filled from cover to cover with the collective wisdom of two experienced herpetological professionals.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780877193128
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Series: Gulf Publishing Field Guide Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Preface xv
Introduction 1
How to Use this Book 3
A Note on Taxonomy 5
About the Range Maps 6
What Is a Snake? 7
Venom and Envenomation 11
Scalation 24
Leptotyphlopidae
Blind Snakes 26
1 New Mexico Blind Snake, Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus 27
2 Desert Blind Snake, Leptotyphlops humilis cahuilae 28
3 Southwestern Blind Snake, Leptotyphlops humilis humilis 29
4 Trans-Pecos Blind Snake, Leptotyphlops humilis segregus 30
5 Utah Blind Snake, Leptotyphlops humilis utahensis 30
Typhlopidae
6 Brahminy Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops braminus 31
Boidae
Boas and Pythons 32
7 Coastal Rubber Boa, Charina bottae bottae 33
8 Southern Rubber Boa, Charina bottae umbraticus 35
9 Rocky Mountain Rubber Boa, Charina bottae utahensis 36
10 Desert Rosy Boa, Lichanura trivirgata gracia 36
11 Coastal Rosy Boa, Lichanura trivirgata roseofusca 38
12 Mexican Rosy Boa, Lichanura trivirgata trivirgata 38
Colubridae
Racers and Whipsnakes 39
13 Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor flaviventris 40
14 Western Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor mormon 42
15 Smooth Green Snake, Liochlorophis vernalis 43
16 Sonoran Mountain Whipsnake, Masticophis bilineatus bilineatus 45
17 Ajo Mountain Whipsnake, Masticophis bilineatus lineolatus 47
18 Sonoran Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum cirgulum 47
19 Baja California Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum fuliginosus 49
20 Lined Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum lineatulus 49
21 Red Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum piceus 50
22 San Joaquin Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum ruddocki 50
23 Western Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum testaceus 51
24 Alameda Striped Racer, Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus 51
25 California Striped Racer, Masticophis lateralis lateralis 53
26 Desert Striped Whipsnake, Masticophis taeniatus 53
Vine Snakes 55
27 Brown Vine Snake, Oxybelis aeneus 55
Patch-nosed Snakes 57
28 Big Bend Patch-nosed Snake, Salvadora deserticola 58
29 Mountain Patch-nosed Snake, Salvadora grahamiae 60
30 Desert Patch-nosed Snake, Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis 62
31 Mojave Patch-nosed Snake, Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis 63
32 Coastal Patch-nosed Snake, Salvadora hexalepis virgultea 64
Lyre Snakes 64
33 Sonoran Lyre Snake, Trimorphodon biscutatus lambda 65
34 California Lyre Snake, Trimorphodon biscutatus vandenburghi 66
35 Texas Lyre Snake, Trimorphodon biscutatus vilkinsonii 67
Sand Snakes 67
36 Banded Sand Snake, Chilomeniscus cinctus cinctus 68
Shovel-nosed Snakes 69
37 Colorado Desert Shovel-nosed Snake, Chionactis occipitalis annulata 69
38 Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake, Chionactis occipitalis klauberi 71
39 Mojave Desert Shovel-nosed Snake, Chionactis occipitalis occipitalis 71
40 Nevada Shovel-nosed Snake, Chionactis occipitalis talpina 72
41 Organ Pipe Shovel-nosed Snake, Chionactis palarostris organica 72
Hook-nosed Snakes 73
42 Western Hook-nosed Snake, Gyalopion canum 74
43 Desert Hook-nosed Snake, Gyalopion quadrangulare 75
Leaf-nosed Snakes 77
44 Pima Leaf-nosed Snake, Phyllorhynchus browni browni 78
45 Maricopa Leaf-nosed Snake, Phyllorhynchus browni lucidus 79
46 Clouded Leaf-nosed Snake, Phyllorhynchus decurtatus nubilis 80
47 Western Leaf-nosed Snake, Phyllorhynchus decurtatus perkinsi 81
Ground Snakes 81
48 Variable Ground Snake, Sonora semiannulata 82
Black-headed Snakes 84
49 Southwestern Black-headed Snake, Tantilla hobartsmithi 84
50 Plains Black-headed Snake, Tantilla nigriceps 86
51 Western Black-headed Snake, Tantilla planiceps 87
52 Huachuca Black-headed Snake, Tantilla wilcoxi wilcoxi 89
53 Yaqui Black-headed Snake, Tantilla yaquia 90
Night Snakes 91
54 Desert Night Snake, Hypsiglena torquata deserticola 92
55 Texas Night Snake, Hypsiglena torquata jani 94
56 San Diego Night Snake, Hypsiglena torquata klauberi 94
57 Mesa Verde Night Snake, Hypsiglena torquata loreala 95
58 California Night Snake, Hypsiglena torquata nuchalata 95
59 Spotted Night Snake, Hypsiglena torquata ochrorhyncha 95
Glossy Snakes 96
60 Mojave Glossy Snake, Arizona elegans candida 97
61 Desert Glossy Snake, Arizona elegans eburnata 99
62 Kansas Glossy Snake, Arizona elegans elegans 99
63 Arizona Glossy Snake, Arizona elegans noctivaga 99
64 California Glossy Snake, Arizona elegans occidentalis 100
65 Painted Desert Glossy Snake, Arizona elegans philipi 100
Rat Snakes 101
66 Baja California Rat Snake, Bogertophis rosaliae 101
67 Trans-Pecos Rat Snake, Bogertophis subocularis subocularis 103
68 Great Plains Rat Snake, Elaphe guttata emoryi 106
Kingsnakes and Milk Snakes 109
69 Gray-banded Kingsnake, Lampropeltis alterna 109
70 California Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula californiae 111
71 Desert Black Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula nigrita 114
72 Desert Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula splendida 114
73 Utah Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis pyromelana infralabialis 115
74 Arizona Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana 117
75 Huachuca Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis pyromelana woodini 117
76 New Mexico Milk Snake, Lampropeltis triangulum celaenops 118
77 Central Plains Milk Snake, Lampropeltis triangulum gentilis 120
78 Pale Milk Snake, Lampropeltis triangulum multistrata 121
79 Utah Milk Snake, Lampropeltis triangulum taylori 122
80 Sierra Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata multicincta 122
81 Coast Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata multifasciata 124
82 San Bernardino Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata parvirubra 125
83 San Diego Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata pulchra 125
84 St. Helena Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata intergrade 126
Gopher Snakes and Bullsnakes 126
85 Sonoran Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer affinis 127
86 San Diego Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer annectens 130
87 Pacific Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer catenifer 130
88 Great Basin Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer deserticola 131
89 Santa Cruz Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer pumilus 131
90 Bullsnake, Pituophis catenifer sayi 132
Long-nosed Snakes 132
91 Western Long-nosed Snake, Rhinochelius lecontei lecontei 133
92 Texas Long-nosed Snake, Rhinocheilus lecontei tessellatus 134
93 Green Rat Snake, Senticolis triaspis intermedia 135
Garter Snakes, Water Snakes, and Allies, 137
94 Blotched Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster transversa 138
95 Northern Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon sipedon 140
96 Black Hills Red-bellied Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata pahasapae 142
97 Santa Cruz Garter Snake, Thamnophis atratus atratus 144
98 Oregon Garter Snake, Thamnophis atratus hydrophilis 146
99 Western Aquatic Garter Snake, Thamnophis couchii 146
100 Western Black-necked Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis cyrtopsis 148
101 Arizona Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans arizonae 150
102 Mountain Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans elegans 151
103 Coast Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans terrestris 152
104 Wandering Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans vagrans 152
105 Upper Basin Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans vascotanneri 153
106 Northern Mexican Garter Snake, Thamnophis eques megalops 153
107 Giant Garter Snake, Thamnophis giga 155
108 Two-striped Garter Snake, Thamnophis hammondi 157
109 Northern Checkered Garter Snake, Thamnophis marcianus marcianus 158
110 Northwestern Garter Snake, Thamnophis ordinoides 160
111 Aridland Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus diabolicus 162
112 Plains Garter Snake, Thamnophis radix 164
113 Narrow-headed Garter Snake, Thamnophis rufipunctatus 166
114 Red-spotted Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus 167
115 New Mexico Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis dorsalis 169
116 Valley Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi 170
117 California Red-sided Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis 170
118 Red-sided Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis 170
119 Puget Sound Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii 171
120 San Francisco Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia 171
Lined Snakes 171
121 Lined Snake, Tropidoclonion lineatum 172
Problematic Colubrines--Sharp-tailed and Ring-necked Snakes 173
122 Sharp-tailed Snake, Contia tenuis 174
123 Pacific Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus amabilis 257
124 Prairie Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus arnyi 258
125 San Bernardino Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus modestus 259
126 Northwestern Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus occidentalis 259
127 Coral-bellied Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus pulchellus 259
128 Regal Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus regalis 260
129 San Diego Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus similis 260
130 Monterey Ring-necked Snake, Diadophis punctatus vandenburghi 261
Hog-nosed Snakes 261
131 Mexican Hog-nosed Snake, Heterodon nasicus kennerlyi 262
132 Plains Hog-nosed Snake, Heterodon nasicus nasicus 264
Elapidae
Coral Snakes 264
133 Arizona Coral Snake, Micruroides euryxanthus euryxanthus 265
Hydrophiidae
Sea Snakes 267
134 Yellow-bellied Sea Snake, Pelamis platurus 267
Viperidae
Rattlesnakes 269
135 Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox 271
136 Mojave Desert Sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes cerastes 273
137 Sonoran Sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes cercobombus 275
138 Colorado Desert Sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes laterorepens 275
139 Northern Red Diamond Rattlesnake, Crotalus exsul ruber 276
140 Banded Rock Rattlesnake, Crotalus lepidus klauberi 277
141 Mottled Rock Rattlesnake, Crotalus lepidus lepidus 279
142 Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus 280
143 Panamint Rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii stephensi 282
144 Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake, Crotalus molossus molossus 283
145 Twin-spotted Rattlesnake, Crotalus pricei pricei 285
146 Mojave Rattlesnake, Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus 286
147 Tiger Rattlesnake, Crotalus tigris 289
148 Grand Canyon Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis abyssus 290
149 Arizona Black Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis cerberus 292
150 Midget Faded Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis concolor 292
151 Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis helleri 293
152 Great Basin Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis lutosus 294
153 Hopi Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis nuntius 294
154 Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis oreganus 295
155 Prairie Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis viridis 296
156 New Mexico Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, Crotalus willardi obscurus 297
157 Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, Crotalus willardi willardi 298
158 Desert Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus edwardsi 299
Glossary 301
Bibliography 304
Index 306
About the Authors 312
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