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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
Please click map for more detailed map and driving directions.

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Size of snake compared to pen.
Close-up of entire snake.

Close-up showing coloration of snake.

Close-up of head and body of snake.

QUESTION: I have been trying to locate someone that might be able to identify a snake that I'm almost certain it's from Asia and not a local snake since the local Agriculture Agent, Texas Cooperative Extension office, could not identify the snake, or unable to find anyone in this area that could identify it. Recently in opening a merchandise box, my wife discovered the snake. The snake was dead but perfectly preserved. We noticed that the item we purchase was made and package in China. The item was purchased from one of the major home improvement centers in the Corpus Christi area.

Attached are photos taken by the local Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent, Donnie Montemayor, Bee County, 210 E. Corpus Christi St., Beeville, Texas 78102

Hector S. Hernandez, Beeville, TX

ANSWER: The snake in question appears to be a Dinodon species, possibly rufozonatum. Sorry, I do not know the common name for this harmless species.

Alan Kardon
Curator Reptile/Amphibian/Aquarium Department
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio, TX 78212
Ph. (210) 734-7184 x1340
Fax (210) 734-7291