Spotted Night Snake

(H. t. ochrorhyncha)

notice the verticle pupils

Size: Up to 26" but more commonly 12"-16"

Range in Texas: Throughout the Trans-Pecos, central and south Texas

Comments: The spotted night snake is probably the most common snake that I have found in Hudspeth County. It is my wife and daughter's favorite snake. I usually find these snakes crossing the road at night. I have kept them on occasion. They feed very well on a diet of small lizards. They have enlarged grooved teeth at the rear of their upper jaw that hold and inject lizards with mildly toxic saliva. I have never had one try to bite and are considered to be harmless. For a closer look click on the thumbnail below.