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Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Serpentes
Family Colubridae


Arizona sp.—Glossy SnakesRegional distribution of Pleistocene fossil Arizona sp.


Rancholabrean: Tule Springs (Springer et al. 2005: cf. gen.).

Literature. Springer et al. 2005.


Arizona elegans Kennicott 1859—Glossy SnakeRegional distribution of Pleistocene fossil Arizona elegans

Arizona elegans, photograph by Carl S LiebGlossy Snakes are widespread in the Southwest and into the Great Plains to northeastern Colorado. Van Devender and Worthington (1977) described the habitat preferred by this snake as desertscrub and desert grassland.

Fig. 1. Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans). Photograph by Carl S. Lieb.


Mid Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (LaDuke 1991).

Late Wisconsin: New Water Mountains (Van Devender and Mead 1978); Picacho Peak (Van Devender et al. 1991); Upper Sloth Cave (Logan and Black 1970).

Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Conkling Cavern, Midden 2 (Harris 1993c); Fowlkes Cave (Parmley 1990); Deadman Cave (Mead et al. 1984); Howell's Ridge Cave (Van Devender and Worthington 1977).

Literature. Harris 1993c; LaDuke 1991; Logan and Black 1970; Mead et al. 1984; Parmley 1990; Van Devender and Mead 1978; Van Devender and Worthington 1977; Van Devender et al. 1991.


Last Update: 6 May 2014