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A small (up to 24"), but long and uniformly slender snake. Red, black, off-white (to yellow) bands encircle the body. Patches of black mottling are sometimes present in the red bands. A red marking usually covers the cloacal scute. Defensive behaviors include hiding the head within the coils, presenting the tail as a "false head," writhing, and forcefully everting the cloaca to produce a popping noise. Consumes small snakes, such as threadsnakes, groundsnakes, shovel-nosed snakes, black-headed snakes, and nightsnakes. Threadsnakes appear to be a preferred food. (from "A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona")
This snake was photographed by a group of people and then was released at night, so it would have the best chance possible of evading predators.
Spotted on Jul 30, 2005
Submitted on Mar 4, 2014
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