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    Forest sharp-tailed snake
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    The forest sharp-tailed snake (Contia longicaudae) is a species of colubrid snake found in the West Coast of the United States.[2]

    Distribution and habitat

    The forest sharp-tailed snake is not as widespread as its relative Contia tenuis (sharp-tailed snake). The forest sharp tailed snake is found in shaded wet forests along the West Coast of the United States. The forest sharp tailed snake went unnoticed for a long time due to its vast similarities to Contia tenuis and because of the secretive nature of sharp tailed snakes, and also of their seasonally limited amount of activity.[1]


    The easiest way to set the two species apart is by looking at the tail length and the caudal scales. The forest sharp tailed snake has a longer tail than Contia tenuis and more caudal scales. Specifically, the forest sharp tailed snake has 43 to 58 caudal scales, whereas Contia tenuis has 24 to 42 scales.[2]


    1. ^ a b Feldman, C. R.; Hoyer, R. F. (2010). "A new species of snake in the genus Contia (Squamata: Colubridae) from California and Oregon". Copeia. 2010 (2): 254–267. doi:10.1643/CH-09-129..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"""""'"'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
    2. ^ a b Contia longicaudae at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 21 May 2013.

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    Continent: North-America
    Distribution: USA (N California, S Oregon)
    Type locality: California, Mendocino County, 8.6 km E of junction with Highway 1 via State Route 128, 39°1018N, 123°3948W, 5 m elevation.