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The Mysterious Night Snake

Updated on May 11, 2010

Little is Known About This Secretive Reptile..

This Mexican Night Snake has very dark coloration as you can see.
This Mexican Night Snake has very dark coloration as you can see.

The Night Snake is a non-poisonous reptile which lives in the hot, dry Western States, Mexico, and in British Columbia, Canada. It can grow up to 20 inches in length(The California species} and subsists largely on lizards and their eggs. Larger sizes have been reported outside of California. Note the shape of the head: it is distinct from Gopher Snakes and is often mistaken for a pit viper. It is "rear-fanged" which means the snake secretes a small amount of venom when handling its prey.It does not have actual fangs at the rear of its jaw, but teeth which secrete toxic saliva. Since we are not small enough to be sucked into its "rear fang" mechanism, it qualifies as a harmless snake, and is therefore not venomous to humans.

The female night snake lays her eggs in rocky places and crevices between June and July. Little is known about this secretive reptile as it tends to keep a low profile--even for a snake! It prefers wetlands, wilderness places and cliffs.


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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      The first photo resembles the king snake in my avatar. Always interested in the reptiles you find. Keep me informed when you find any other species. Thanks


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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you-we ran into one of these--they almost look like tiny whip snakes on the ground.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Interesting topic, and well researched. I did not even know these snakes existed. I learn so much from your writing. Thanks bunches. (: v

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Great writing and the information is fascinating.


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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you, Quill-you are an encouragement!

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Wish there was a scary button. I am terrified of snakes.

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      Gloria Siess 6 years ago from Northern California

      I do not like the idea of stepping on a rattler, either, but I was raised on a ranch where there were alot of reptiles, horses and cattle. I really love cats, dogs, raccoons, birds and horses.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, I have only just found your hubs,after you commented on one of mine. As a naturalist I found this article of utmost interest. I am from the UK and did not know of this very versatile creature, thanks to you my knowledge has been enhanced. A great read.Voted up,interesting,useful.

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      Gloria Siess 2 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you! i lived in southern england for a year and still find myself missing it.

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