LONGNOSE SNAKE

KANSAS: Threatened
FEDERAL: N/A
Scientific Name: Rhinocheilus lecontei
CATEGORY: T&E
SPECIES CLASS: Reptiles
Date Listed: T 1987
Recovery Plan: Yes

SPECIES DESCRIPTION

The Longnose Snake grows to a length of 22-30 inches. It has smooth scales, a single anal scale, and at least half the scales on the underside of the tail not divided into rows. The snake's ground color is yellowish or cream with black blotches on the body separated by pink or reddish interspaces.

 Longnose Snakes prefer grassy or brushy, semiarid regions. Open prairies with sandy soils and/or rocky canyons in southwestern counties provide suitable habitat.

SPECIES PROTECTION AND CRITICAL HABITATS:

Longnose Snakes are protected by the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act and administrative regulations applicable thereto. Any time an eligible project is proposed that will impact the species' preferred habitats within its probable range, the project sponsor must contact the Ecological Services Section, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, Kansas 67124-8174. Department personnel can then advise the project sponsor on permit requirements.

DESIGNATED CRITICAL HABITATS

As defined by Kansas Administrative Regulations, critical habitats include those areas documented as currently supporting self-sustaining population(s) of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife as well as those areas determined by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to be essential for the conservation of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife.

The following counties contain critical habitat for LONGNOSE SNAKE:
Barber
Clark
Comanche
Edwards
Finney
Grant
Hamilton
Harper
Kearny
Kiowa
Logan
Meade
Morton
Pratt