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CHACO MINER SNAKE Phimophis vittatus
A rare Chaco snake adapted to a burrowing existence and hence rarely seen. Note the upturned spade-like snout in this species, which assists in moving through sandy soils. This species is occasionally referred to as the Banded Pampas Snake, but given its distribution in Paraguay we prefer Chaco Miner Snake. This species is nocturnal and feeds principally on lizards.
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FIGURE 1 - (FPREP447PH) Adult head detail, Tunakokai Indigenous Reserve, Departamento Boquerón (Paul Smith October 2010).
FIGURE 2 - (FPREP448PH) Same individual lateral view (Paul Smith October 2010).
FIGURE 3 - (FPREP449PH) Same individual dorsal view (Paul Smith October 2010).