Juvenile and Adult

  • Rostral scale on tip of snout is higher than wide and raised above nearby scales
  • Round pupils
  • Scales keeled (ridge lengthwise on each scale)
  • Four prefontal scales
  • Black, brown, or reddish blotches along length of back and sides of body; become more widely spaced towards tail; belly white to yellowish, spotted with black
  • Usually with dark stripe across head in front of eyes and from behind eye to angle of jaw
  • May hiss loudly
  • Background colour: ranges from yellowish brown to beige to cream-coloured along body

Total length: up to 200 cm


  • Found in the drier areas of grassland, sagebrush, farmlands, and native pastures of southeastern Alberta

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