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San Diego Nightsnake

Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha klauberi


This small, thin, nocturnal and mildly venomous snake was 11 inches long. Despite being venomous, it's not really harmful to humans. This snake is brown with darker brown patches on the back and sides. The markings on the head are a darker brown color. Coloration varies depending on the substrate they're typically in. The eyes are yellow-brown with elliptical pupils which are for great for seeing at night. The last image shows its size compared to a 67mm camera lens. Short video of it stretched out in a 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” container seen at


This snake was in a small crevice in a stucco house near a garden of a residential area. This subspecies is found along the western coast of Southern California and Baja California.


This snake is typically active at night and eats small lizards, vertebrates, etc.

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Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on May 29, 2019
Submitted on May 29, 2019

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