Neotropical: Found from south USA, Mexico, Central America
to South America (Colombia). In Mexico on both coasts, on Atlantic
side from S Texas, on Pacific side from Sonora, south. Also on Yucatan
Physical characteristics: Medium
-sized, quite slender snake. Scales on upper surface weakly keeled,
dark brown to almost black, with yellow or orange center, usually
bordered by green or turquoise color anteriorly. Underbody is lighter
color, cream or yellow. Most scales on head outlined black.
Food habits: Frogs,
toads, lizards, reptile eggs, small mammals.
Reproduction: Oviparous. Reproduces
during the rainy season (summer). Clutch size 4 - 7 eggs.
Behavior: Diurnal, active species.
Non -venomous, but will bite if provoked. Saliva possibly carries
a non -coagulant agent - bites bleed.
Habitat: Variety of both forested
and open habitats. Often close to water.