EASTERN GLOSSY SNAKE
Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission
SPECIES IN NEED OF CONSERVATION
Length in Kansas up to 46 1/4 inches.
Generally found from Sumner County in the east to the Colorado border in the west
in areas of sand or loose soil between the Arkansas River and the Oklahoma border;
isolated colonies in Gove and Cheyenne counties.
Harmless. Smooth scales. As its name implies, this snake has an overall glossy
appearance. Its body displays 3969 dark gray or brown, black-edged blotches on a
light gray ground color and sports a white belly. A dark line extends from the angle of
the jaw through the eye on each side of the head. Young look like small adults.
Active at night from April to October; during the day it prefers to retreat beneath
rocks or into burrows to escape heat and predators. Breeding occurs from May to July; an
average of eight eggs are laid per clutch. Constrictor. Feeds on lizards and small
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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