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Posted by chrish on October 28, 2002 at 00:03:10:
In Reply to: Texas longnose snake posted by LittleLizard on October 27, 2002 at 19:40:25:
I have found Longnosed Snakes to be fairly common in the right habitats. If I were specifically looking for one, I would probably go to an area of West or South Texas with some deeper, sandy soils and some agriculture. They tend to found in regions with at least some friable soil (although I have found them on road cuts in Val Verde county in extremely rocky areas!).
In far west Texas, I would regard them as very common (El Paso, Hudspeth counties) primarily on roads at night, occasionally on cool summer mornings as well - particularly after rain. I don't think I ever found one under anything in western Texas.
In south Texas, I have seen then around Freer, Bruni, and on roads north of Falcon Dam/Roma area. Again, they are pretty common. In south Texas I have found a few under trash/rocks, but they are much easier to find by road hunting.
As to color, the south Texas snakes have nice wide red bands, like this snake, from near Freer
West Texas snakes are often paler, such as this snake from near Van Horn, Texas -
Occasionally, you can find outstanding examples in areas where they aren't usually as notable, such as this young snake I found outside of San Angelo -