|The shovel nosed snake is found in open
by creosote bush; coarse sandy areas in rocky upland washes and arroyos
with paloverde and saguaro in Arizona, Baja California and Mexico.
Banded Sand Snake are excellent
"sand swimmers", spending most of their time just under the desert
The body shape, smooth scales, and shovel nose make
this snake very good at 'swimming' in the sand. During the heat of the
day, it is usually submerged beneath the surface, emerging at night to
hunt for food. It feeds on numerous kinds of insects including
centipedes, sand-burrowing cockroaches, and other soft-bodied bugs.