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Western Groundsnake (Sonora semiannulata)
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Ground Snake (Sonora semiannulata)

General Description: Small, smooth, shiny snake with a red back. May have black crossbars, but the dorsal pattern is highly variable.

Taxonomy: Colubrid Snakes Family (Colubridae)

Technical Description: Length 8-18 inches. Usually 15 rows of scales at midbody, 13-14 rows at the rear. The anterior edge of each scale is dark. One preoccular, two postoccular scales. Head about was wide as neck. Anal divided. Lower jaw not inset.

Diet: Small bugs

Habitat: Rocky or sandy areas with some soil moisture.

Ground Snake (Sonora semiannulata)

Range: Eastern and southern Nevada, southeastern California, western and southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, almost all of Texas and Oklahoma, south into northern Mexico.

Breeding: 4-6 eggs laid during summer.

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Ground Snake (Sonora semiannulata) This young smake was captured and photographed by Terry in Southern Utah, 20 miles NE of St. George at an elevation of 3,300 ft. It was released into the wild.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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