(Comparable to a bee sting considered harmless to humans)
(Small Snakes) 34” in length
Grayish colored skin with yellowish ring around neck (western species lack the ring).
Underside is bright yellowish color with black spots and the underside of the tail is red.
The head is dark and has round pupils.
Produces up to 18 eggs in summer.
Primarily diurnal and crepuscular avoiding the heat of the day.
Central and all South-eastern Arizona.
Desertscrub and forestry areas. Typically found along drainages, springs, and riparian corridors.
Hibernates in winter
Snakes, lizards, and insects.
Their mild-venom is excreted through rear-fangs