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Sharp-tailed Snake Contia tenuis


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Sharp-tailed Snake
credit: Steve Ryan

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Family: Colubridae, Colubrid Snakes view all from this family

Description Greyish-brown to brown to brick red, with bubble-gum pink and peachy-orange. Short spine on end of tail, black and white crossbars on tail. Divided anal plate.

Dimensions 25.4-48.3cm. (10-19")

Breeding 2-8 eggs, 44mm (1 3/4") long, laid June-July. Hatch in Autumn, 7.6cm (3") long when hatched.

Habitat Meadows, pastures, Oak woodlands and foothills as well as Douglas fir-vine Maple forests.

Range California to Oregon. Also Washington to British Columbia.

Discussion Burrow in soft soil or cracked clay. Active after rainfall/rainy season. Diet of slugs. If disturbed, will roll into a ball and stay still. Will poke with spine on tail if threatened but it is not harmful.