These pictures are of the immature worm snake. Mature specimens are plain brown above with two rows of the dorsal scales pink. Young worm snakes are mostly darker than the adults; they are about 4 inches long when they hatch, becoming adults in about 3 years.
(Also see this photograph in larger format, further information about the worm snake, and articles about other snakes.)
Copyright © 2006 William T. Hathaway.