Carphophis amoenus amoenus
Commonly Confused Native Species:
Size: A small sized snake measuring 7.5 to 13.5 inches.
Color: The eastern worm snake has smooth unkeeled scales
with a brown dorsum and pink venter. The transition
between the ventral and dorsal coloration is distinct and
occurs primarily along the second lateral scale row. The
head is flattened to aid in burrowing through soil. Their
eyes are very small. The tail ends in a fine point.
Behavior: Fossorial. When handled they emit an unpleasant
smelling musk. Will attempt to burrow between fingers
and poke hand with pointed tail. Very docile when
handled, will not attempt to bite.
Habitat: Deciduous forest and associated edge habitats, often
found in sandy soils.