Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

My First Desert Patchnose Snake

Here’s the first Desert Patchnose Snake (Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis) I encountered in the wild from several years ago. He appropriately bit the hell out of my finger and escaped up a sheer dirt wall before I could get any better photos. I love these guys; they’re like mini-coachwhips.

Salvadora hexalepis

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2 Responses to “My First Desert Patchnose Snake”

  1. Michael says:

    These are awesome snakes. I collected one a couple months ago, and they actually do fantastic in a terrarium! I know you mentioned before that you keep rattlers and shovelnose snakes, and I would highly recommend this species as well. He’s easy to feed on side-blotch lizards (haven’t tried pinky mice yet), and what I love is how active and bold he is. Visible in the terrarium a majority of the time, and absolutely fearless when it comes to human interaction. Awesome species!

  2. Bryan says:

    They do seem like they’d be great! Kind of like Coachwhip Liteā„¢ haha.

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