Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
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Length in Kansas up to 14 5/8 inches.
Found in southcentral and southeastern Kansas, with an isolated colony north of the
Arkansas River in Russell County.
Harmless. Smooth scales. A variably patterned snake; some are a uniform gray or
reddish-brown while others may have from 125 black crossbands. Belly cream or white.
Young are miniature adults with equally variable pattern, but are more brightly colored.
Active from April to September; prefers to stay beneath flat rocks and in earth cracks on
rugged hillsides; may be nocturnal. Breeding occurs in May or June; from 4-6 eggs are laid
in late June or July. Never bites. Feeds on spiders, scorpions, centipedes and various
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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