LONGNOSE SNAKE

Longnose Snake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission

Longnose Snake
Rhinocheilus lecontei

THREATENED SPECIES IN KANSAS

  • Size:   Length in Kansas up to 34 1/2 inches.

Kansas range map for the Longnose Snake

Range:   Found in southwestern Kansas south of the Arkansas River; an isolated colony exists to the north in Logan County.
  • Description:   Harmless. Smooth scales. Upper surface of body yellowish-cream with 18–35 black blotches separated by pink or reddish interspaces; white, unpatterned belly. At least half the scales on underside of tail not divided into two rows, a characteristic not found in any other harmless snake in Kansas. Young look like little adults.
  • Habits: Active from April to September; prefers open prairies, sandy regions and beneath rocks on the slopes of rugged canyons. Breeding occurs in spring; from 4-9 eggs are laid in June and hatch in August or September. Constrictor. Feeds on insects, lizards, smaller snakes and small rodents.

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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
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