Plains Blackhead Snake

The Plains Blackhead Snake is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Plains Blackhead Snake is a slender tan, red-brown or cream colored snake. The head has a dark gray-brown or black cap that narrows to a point at the back of the head. The head is of similar width to the body with no distinct neck. More

Range (see map on left): The Plains Blackhead Snake has a relatively wide distribution for this genus. The species stretches through the western Great Plains of the United States from Nebraska in the north southward through central and western Texas into northern Mexico. More

The plains blackhead snake is found throughout the range of this work, and throughout the western 2/3 of the state. It is a small, thin snake with very small smooth scales. More

The Plains Blackhead Snake spends most of its time hiding away in underground burrows, where it feeds on insects, scorpions, beetles, and centipedes. This snake does injects its prey with venom, but - 307. More

Common names

Culebra-encapuchada de pradera in Spanish - espaƱol
Flachland-Schwarzkopfschlange in German - Deutsch
plains black-headed snake in English - English
Plains Blackhead Snake in English - English

Order : Squamata
Family : Colubridae
Genus : Tantilla
Species : Tantilla nigriceps
Authority : Kennicott, 1860