Texas Lyre Snake
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

Physical Description:
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.  
Social Organization::
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.
Special Adaptations:
The Texas Lyre Snake lives mostly in rock crevice desert dwelling places. It especially lives in jumbles of fallen boulders or along fissure bluffs.
The Animal at the Zoo:
This animal is not currently on exhibit.
Reproductive Behavior:
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.
http://www.desertmuseum.org/books/lyre snake.html


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Anna Rebekah Saucedo arstweety@hotmail.com

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