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Sightings arranged by: Taxonomy Location Date Scientific Name
Tantilla hobartsmithi — Smith’s Black-headed Snake
Also known as:
Southwestern Black-headed Snake
This is a small, secretive, seldom-seen snake. I was lucky to find this one under a piece of plywood apparently left in this wilderness so that I could find herps under it. A toad shared its company.
I stayed in Sedona for nearly a month at a friend's house. About three times a week I'd head out into the local natural areas in the late afternoon and early evening looking for herps. I saw a few lizards skittering about at that hour, but most of my discoveries were under rocks. Typically I'd see one snake a day under a rock. This little black-headed snake was a nice discovery since they are difficult to find.
One of the rocks in the last photograph is the very one that covered this little snake.
The range of this species includes more than a half-dozen disjoint patches of land from south-central California across to south-central Texas. It is named after the author of the finest book ever written about U.S. lizards (though the new Lizards of the American Southwest isn't too far behind).
- Bartlett, R. D., Tennant, A. 2000. Snakes of North America, Western Region
- Brennan, T. C. and Holycross, A. T. 2006. A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona
- Brown, P. R. 1997. A Field Guide to Snakes of California
- Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2017. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding, Eighth Edition
- Degenhardt, W. G., Painter, C. W., Price, A. H. 1996. Amphibians & Reptiles of New Mexico
- Dixon, J. R., Werler, J. E. 2000. Texas Snakes: A Field Guide
- Stebbins, R. C. 2003. Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition