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Coast Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis virgultea)

Created: November 18th, 2019 - 10:26 AM
Last Modified: November 18th, 2019 - 10:35 AM
Entered by: Philip Hopkins
Record 328813
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
San Bernardino County
Time:
2019-11-15 16:30:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
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Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
Grassy foothills some rock outcrops
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
70.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Partly Cloudy
Moon Phase:
Waning Gibbous
Elevation:
2500.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

Not sure if this is a desert or coast patch nose. I am leaning coast because of landscape and proximity to known coast patch nose range.

Edit: I have decided it is a coast based on one other finding in the area as noted by this post: http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=322415.

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Comments

Posted by Jeff Teel on Nov 19, 2019 at 04:53 PM

That's cool. I used to have some boards set up between the College and the skate park back in the early 2000's. A lot of kings, gophers and helleri. I never saw a patchnose though. Great to see yours entered here.

Posted by Philip Hopkins on Nov 19, 2019 at 10:34 AM

Jeff Nordland: Thank you for the advice. Thought it was a racer before handling. Never seen a patch nose in the area.

Jeff Teel: It was. Near the college.

Posted by Jeff Teel on Nov 19, 2019 at 10:24 AM

Very cool! This was in Yucaipa area?

Posted by Jeff Nordland on Nov 19, 2019 at 12:18 AM

That's a Coast patch-nosed snake - a great find! - but also a protected species. Please do not handle them without proper permits.