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Photo by William Bosworth
Photo Courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The long-nosed snake, Rhinocheilus lecontei, is a medium-sized snake native to the south-central and southwestern United States, as well as to much of Mexico. In Utah, the species is commonly found in the western part of the state. Long-nosed snakes are nocturnal and are only active during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

The long-nosed snake eats primarily lizards and lizard eggs, but snakes, rodents, and small birds are also consumed. The species lays its eggs during the summer; eggs hatch in two to three months. The average clutch contains between four and eleven eggs. Although the long-nosed snake is not venomous, the black, red, and white coloration of the species bears a superficial resemblance to the venomous western coral snake. The western coral snake, however, does not naturally occur in Utah.


  • Biotics Database. 2005. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, NatureServe, and the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers.

  • Stebbins, R. C. 1985. A field guide to western reptiles and amphibians. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 336 pp.