Hooded Nightsnake

Mildly-venomous 

(Comparable to a bee sting considered harmless to humans)

 

Distinguishing Features:

(Small Snakes) length up to 23”

Tan colored with brown blotches. 

Gray underside. 

Vertically elliptical pupils. 

Dark-brown collar around neck.

Brown bars extending back from each eye that forms into a blotch. 

 

Reproduction:

Oviparous.

Produces up to 9 eggs each spring.

After a 2 month hatching period, the young are fully independent at birth. 

 

Behavior:

Strictly nocturnal.

They use their mild-venom by injecting their prey with their enlarged teeth in the rear upper jaw.

To protect itself, it often coils into a spiraled shield with the head tucked tightly in the center of the spiral.

 

Habitat:

Found in all arizona habitats

 

Hibernation:

Hibernates during winter

 

Diet:

Lizards, frogs, small snakes, insects, and reptile eggs.

 

Life Span:

10 years

 

Other Facts:

Their mild-venom is excreted through rear-fangs

 

Their are 3 species of Nightsnakes in Arizona:

  1. Desert Nightsnake

  2. Chihuahuan Nightsnake

  3. Hooded Nightsnake

Hooded Nightsnake

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520-561-1355

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P.O. Box 91934

Tucson, AZ 85752

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