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Snakes Around Las Vegas
Wildlife Around Las Vegas

The snake species listed here occur around Las Vegas, Nevada. Click the links for species descriptions and additional photos. Snakes are interesting creatures. When you encounter one in the desert, consider yourself lucky and enjoy your good fortune at a distance. Some snakes are venomous, but remember, they lived here first, so let them be. Keep an eye out for shed snake skin in the desert.

Photo Family Common Name
Leptotyphlops humilis Leptotyphlopidae Western Threadsnake (Rena humilis)
Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans) Colubridae Desert Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans eburnata)
Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans)
Chionactis occipitalis Colubridae Mojave Shovel-nosed Snake (Chionactis occipitalis occipitalis)
Nevada Shovel-nosed Snake (Chionactis occipitalis talpina)
Western Shovelnose Snake (Chionactis occipitalis)
Coluber constrictor Colubridae Western Yellow-Bellied Racer (Coluber mormon)
Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) Colubridae

Red Racer (Coluber flagellum piceus)
Coachwhip (Coluber flagellum)

Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus) Colubridae Regal Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus regalis)
Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus)
Hypsiglena torquata Colubridae Desert Nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea)
Common Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getulus) Colubridae California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis california)
Common Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)
Lampropeltis pyromelana Colubridae Utah Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana infralabialis)
Arizona Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana)
Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana)
Masticophis taeniatus Colubridae Striped Whipsnake (Coluber taeniatus)
Spotted Leaf-Nosed Snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus) Colubridae Western Leaf-nosed Snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus perkinsi)
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus)
Gopher Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus) Colubridae Great Basin Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer deserticola)
Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
long-nosed snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) Colubridae Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Western Patch-Nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis) Colubridae Mojave Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis)
Western Patch-Nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis)
Sonora semiannulata Colubridae Western Groundsnake (Sonora semiannulata)
Tantilla hobartsmithi Colubridae Smith's Black-headed Snake (Tantilla hobartsmithi)
Lyre Snake (Trimorphodon biscutatus) Colubridae Sonoran Lyresnake (Trimorphodon lambda)
California Lyresnake (Trimorphodon lyrophanes)
Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes) Viperidae Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes)
Mojave Desert Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes cerastes)
Crotalus abyssus Viperidae Grand Canyon Rattlesnake (Crotalus abyssus)
Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridus) Viperidae

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus)
Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus)
[other species listed below]

Crotalus viridus concolor Viperidae Midget Faded Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus concolor)
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake Viperidae Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii) Viperidae Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii)
Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus)
Panamint Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii stephensi)
Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) Viperidae Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)
Mojave Green Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus)

Snakes Not Found Around Las Vegas

Photo Family Common Name
Nerodia taxispilota Colubridae

Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)

Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) Colubridae Black Racer (Coluber constrictor)
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans) Colubridae

Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans vagrans)
Western Terrestrial Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans)
Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Peninsula Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sackenii)

Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus tener) Elaphidae Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus tener)
Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus) Viperidae Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
Crotalus cerberus Viperidae Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus)
Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridus) Viperidae

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus)
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus helleri)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2015 Jim Boone; Last updated 121129

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