PLAINS BLACKHEAD SNAKE
Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission
Length in Kansas up to 14 3/4 inches.
Generally found from the central Flint Hills west to the Colorado border; within
that area, apparently absent from large areas where suitable habitat does not exist.
Harmless. Scales smooth. Head much darker than body. Body and tail overall light
yellowish-brown with pink or coral belly. Seven scales on each upper lip. Young same as
Found on prairie hillsides, always under rocks; be sure to check flat debris such
as boards and sheet metal (sometimes cow patties). Very secretive; rarely seen in open.
Burrows to great depths beneath the ground during cold weather. Never bites. Lays a clutch
of eggs in spring or early summer with young hatching in fall. Eats small invertebrates
such as centipedes and probably insects and their larvae.
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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