Authored by: Garth Teitjen
||Mountain Patchnose Snake Salvadora grahamiae grahamiae
||Adults are 22" - 47" in length. A thin light gray to light brown snake
with a light wide stripe of white, gray or yellow running down the
back with parallel bordered black stripes The dark stripes are
distinct and have clean edges. This species has a large, triangular
free-edged rostral scale. Belly white or pinkish white.
||The Western Patchnose has four distinct longitudinal lines on the dorsum with the outer pair of lines on the fourth scale row at midbody; the middorsal color is tan to brownish-orange and is darker than the paler ground color of the sides; there are 9 upper lablials and the chinshields are always separated by 2-3 scale widths. No other lined species has the patch-like rostral.
||A snake and rough terrain, rocky canyons, plateaus and mountain
slopes. Found usually above 4,000 ft. Found in open woodland forests
and in forests in mountains.
||Deep in cracks of rocks.
||Mates in early spring. Has clutches of 5-10 eggs.
||Eats lizards, lizards eggs, small snakes, nestling birds and mammals