|Scientific Name: Trimorphodon biscutatus vilkinsoni|
|Geographical Range: Texas|
|Habitat:deserts, grasslands, rocky hills, canyons, mountain forests|
|Diet in the Wild: .It mostly likes to eat small vertebrate prey, such as lizards. It also like to eat birds and bats.|
|Conservation Status:Protected in Texas|
|Location in the Zoo: Herpetarium|
The Texas Lyre Snake is about 24-48 inches in length. It is a tan and greyish color, and it has a v-shape on its head. Its upper jaw has a pair of sharp teeth. The snake is only mildly venomous.
The Lyre snake belongs to the family (Colubridae) which is a large family that most non-venomous and mildly venomous snakes belong to. This snake is solitary because it likes to travel alone. It also likes to explore beyond its shelter place.
The Texas Lyre Snake lives mostly in rock crevice desert dwelling places. It especially lives in jumbles of fallen boulders or along fissure bluffs.
Animal at the Zoo:
This animal is not currently on exhibit.
The Lyre Snake does lay eggs after a 77 day incubation period The eggs that it lays are very slender and about 1 - 1 1/2 inch long. In the summer time it lays about 20 eggs.
|Sources and Links:
Tennan, Allen. A Field Guide to Texas Snakes.Texas: Monthly Press Inc, 1985.
Anna Rebekah Saucedo firstname.lastname@example.org
Reptiles and Amphibians at the Fort Worth Zoo