Authored by: Garth Teitjen
||A small snake 7" to 12". Head cap dark brown to black with a white or
cream collar 1 to 2 scales wide. Scales smooth. Tan to light brown in
body coloration. Whitish below with pink or orange stripe on belly.
||Can be distinguished from other snakes with black heads by a white ring that borders the black.
||Venom is delivered to prey via enlarged, grooved teeth in the rear upper jaw (not considered to be dangerous to humans).
||Chiefly inhabits riparian with sycamore, oak and walnut trees.
Attracted to stream bottoms and stream bottoms. Occurring at lower
elevation in grassland and scrub.
||Occasionally nocturnal. Found beneath rocks, logs, boards, dead
yuccas, agave and other plant debris.
||Lays a clutch of 1-3 eggs.
||Their diet consists spiders scorpions centipedes, crickets,
grasshoppers, millipedes. and insect larva.