Southern Mexico to Costa Rica; also the caribbean coast in Northwestern Honduras
Dry, rocky areas to moderately damp tropical forests
These snakes have a shovel-shaped head for burrowing their way through loose sand and dirt.
Mexican Burrowing snakes are nocturnal (active at night) and spend a lot of time underground, but do surface to hunt.
Being pythons, these snakes are egg layers. They average four eggs per clutch, usually laid March to April. The young hatch in May. Little or no parental care is given to newborn snakes.
This species spends most of its life underground. The large scales on its head help it to burrow through sandy soil. For many years, the remnant pelvic bones present in this species led to its being classified as a python - the only python species in the western hemisphere. It is now considered to be the only species in its own family.
These animals are seldom seen in their natural range but are thought to be fairly common, but difficult to find due to their underground lifestyle.
|Length:||4 ft. (1.2m)|
|Average Lifespan:||40 years|
|Wild Diet:||Rodents and lizards|
|USFWS Status:||Not Listed|
|CITES Status:||Not Listed|
|Where at the Zoo?||Small Animal Building: Temperate Zone|