Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
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THREATENED SPECIES IN KANSAS
Length in Kansas up to 34 1/2 inches.
Found in southwestern Kansas south of the Arkansas River; an isolated colony exists
to the north in Logan County.
Harmless. Smooth scales. Upper surface of body yellowish-cream with 1835
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.
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
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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