Sand Snakes are found in both the Zayira Desert and the The Red Sands although they seem to have slightly different coloration based on location. Sand Snakes are fiercely protective of their territories and in particular their nests. They will not hesitate to attack any creatures that come to close, but they are also quick to flee back under the sand if they seem to be on the losing end of a battle. The Sand Snakes can travel under the sand great distances and with little indication of their passage.
The Sand Snake has a snake body, with spikes that it can flare out when it is angry or startled.
The Sand Snakes of the Zayira Desert are typically grey-brown, while the species in the The Red Sands have a more reddish coloration pattern.
Genetics and Reproduction
Sand Snakes are thought to be hatched from eggs that are laid several feet under the sand. It is difficult to be sure as any attempt to approach a nest is usually met with multiple Sand Snakes attacking the intruders. It is thought that both the male and female guard the nest during the incubation period, with each parent taking turns hunting and then guarding the nest. The young crawl out of the nest to the surface after birth, and will stay in the nest area for several months as they learn to hunt on their own. As the young grow, the parents take less and less interest in them, and eventually they leave the area separately. It is thought that the Sand Snakes come together in early spring to mate, and the eggs hatch in early fall.
Growth Rate & Stages
Emerging from the nest for the first time, the juvenile Sand Snakes are about 5 feet long and they quickly grow to about 12 feet long before they leave the nest area in about 6 months. About a year after hatching, the males become sexually active, while the females seem to develop about a year later.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Sand Snakes seems to live on other desert animals, as well as any camels, horses, or people that they may come across. it is also thought that they will sometimes eat cactus if meat is not available.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
The Sand Snakes are able to detect movement and vibrations on the surface of the desert from a great distance, perhaps as much as 120 feet.
Juveniles: 5' to 12' Adults; 12' to 50'+