California night snake facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCalifornia night snake
H. o. nuchalata
|Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus nuchalata
W.W. Tanner, 1943
|California night snake range|
The California night snake grows to a total length of 12 to 26 inches (30 to 66 cm), with hatchlings about 7 inches in total length.
Its color may be light gray, light brown, tan, or cream, often matching the substrate of the region, with dark brown or dark grey blotches down the back and sides. The underside is whitish or yellowish and unmarked, and they usually have a pair of large dark markings on the neck, and a dark bar through or behind the eyes.
As their common name implies, they are a primarily nocturnal snake.
They are an oviparous subspecies that breeds from April to September.
The Coast night snake ranges throughout western California, ringing the central valley, but is not found in the valley itself. It is one of two night snake species in the state. The other is the desert night snake, Hypsiglena chlorophaea.
- Tanner, W.W. 1943. Two new species of Hypsiglena from western North America. Great Basin Naturalist 4 (1 & 2): 49–54. (Hypsiglena nuchalatus sp. nov., pp. 49–53.)
- Species Hypsiglena torquata at The Reptile Database
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