Thamnophis scaliger

Scientific name:
Thamnophis scaliger

Dutch name:
Mexicaanse hooglandkousebandslang

English name:
Mexican Highland garter snake/Shorttail alpine garter snake

German name:
Mexikanische Hochland-Strumpfbandnatter

Subspecies:
None

Range:
Mesa Central in Mexico (Jalisco en Aguascalientes).

Habitat:
Dry, desert-likescrub-covered valleys and oak forests in the lower areas of high mountains.

Food:
Amphibians (in any case tadpoles of Spea hammondii).

Reproduction:
No data available.

Terrarium:
No data available.

Specifics:
Average length is about 50 cm, with a maximum of about 56 cm.
Occurs at altitudes between 2300 and 2600 meters.

The way of life is almost unknown. They are especially active during the hottest and wettest periods of the year. After the brumation they emerge after the first spring rains.
Was formerly described as a subspecies of Thamnophis scalaris, but is, based on totally different hemi-penises, described as a separate species in 1991.


Hit Counter provided by Skylight