chihuahuan hook-nosed snake

Chihuahuan Hook-Nosed Snake

Gyalopion canum


Southeastern Arizona through southern and central New Mexico into west-central Texas. Range also extends south into central Mexico.


Prefers rocky or sandy areas in desert or scrubland habitats. Likes to burrow under rocks. Can also be found in semidesert grasslands or low elevations of mountain terrain.


Small, light brown snake with a pattern of jagged medium-brown horizontal bars down entire body. A straight horizontal stripe (mask) is located centrally across the face directly between the eyes, and extends down to the jaw line below each eye. Gets its name from a short snout with a slightly upturned rostrum. It grows to just under 15 inches in length. Ventral surface is solid cream or white with a pinkish tint.

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