A Charming Snake

Believe it or not, but this diminutive snake's scientific name of Carphophis amoenus actually means "charming straw snake." Have you ever seen a charming snake? Well, you have now!

This is the Eastern Worm Snake. My kids discovered it while digging in the dirt behind our house. These snakes do look remarkably like worms. When the kids first saw it they thought it was a worm.

The Eastern Worm Snake is a very small snake, typically only 7.5" - 11" long. I placed a quarter next to the snake in the photo to give a perspective of their small size. The snake in the photo is a juvenile. How do I know that it is a young one? Juvenile Eastern Worm Snakes are a darker brown in coloration on top and also have a more brightly colored pink stomach.

Now, to the 2 questions my kids always ask about reptiles, amphibians, insects, and/or spiders:

1) What does it eat? Eastern Worm Snake eat earthworms and perhaps other soft bodied insects- most likely grubs.

2) Is it poisonous and or dangerous? No. It does have a very hard, pointed tail that it uses for digging. I suppose if one were to hold it up close to their face and then allow the snake to poke them in the eye- then perhaps that could be construed as dangerous.

Where does this charming snake live?
The Eastern Worm Snake can be found from the southern parts of New England south to north Georgia and west to northeast Mississippi. This snake was found in Florence, AL.


marsha said...

We find those around here but we were told that they are called pencile snakes.Thanks for the info.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Great post, Daniel. I'll keep your warning in mind - no eye-poking allowed. As always, thanks for making my brain work this morning!