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Texas Patch-Nosed Snake

Salvadora grahamiae lineata


Thank you Scott Frazier for helping me with I.D. Non-Venomous. The most defining characteristic of the patch-nosed snake is the enlarged nose scale that is flared laterally which you won’t see in these pics. Sorry, he was moving so fast that he literally disappeared in the short grass. Smooth dorsal scales. Two dark lines outline a light colored (tan, orange, or yellow) mid-dorsal stripe, which is colored differently than the tan sides of the body. Adult lengths of 46-86 cm (18-34 in). May attain a length of four feet. They do not like confrontation. If threatened, they will assume an s-coiled striking position while rapidly vibrating their tails.


This species occurs throughout south, central and north central Texas. Active during the daylight hours

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

You're welcome Dixie :-)

Dixie 7 years ago

Thank you Dilan. I was just walking along and he was there, but not for long.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Amazing spotting Dixie!!

Dixie 7 years ago

Thank you so much Scott. I really appreciate you responding. He moved so fast and quickly disappeared into the grass. I'll update.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Based on the width of the light dorsal stripe where it meets the head (like an inverted funnel), it's my opinion that it is a patch-nosed snake.

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on Nov 30, 2013
Submitted on Nov 30, 2013

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