Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
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Length in Kansas up to 52 inches.
Ranges from eastern third of Kansas southwest to Red Hills and into adjacent
southern High Plains as far west as Kearney County; avoids northern High Plains.
Harmless. Smooth scales; light and dark pattern on belly; 4078 dark gray or
brown blotches on back. Head, body and tail are brown or gray; dark gray or brown blotches
on back are edged with black; 23 series of small brown or gray spots on sides
alternate with blotches on back. Belly is white with dark irregular markings. Young look
Inhabits rocky hillsides with open woods, prairie grassland and sand prairies. Very
secretive; when not actively prowling, retreats beneath rocks or down burrows of other
animals. Active from April to October; nocturnal during summer months. Five to 17 eggs per
clutch; eggs hatch in 1-3 months. Constrictor. Feeds on small mammals, small snakes and
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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