Eastern Worm Snake

By William T. Hathaway

Eastern Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus)

The Eastern Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus) when immature and seen from a distance may resemble the common earthworm. However, on close inspection the tiny eyes and pointed head are obviously different structural features than those of the earthworm.

Mature worm snakes may occasionally measure up to a foot in length. The glossy scales, tiny eyes, and spine at the tip of the tail are visible identification highlights. Worm snakes can be found under logs and stones during daylight hours, wandering over forest floors and open ground at night. Adult worm snakes are mostly brown with pink undersides. Immature worm snakes are black with pink undersides. Raking damp leaves may be the most common way to expose the secretive worm snakes.

(See also other snakes, as well as further information about the worm snake.)


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