Herpetofauna: One Life's List

Virginia valeriae elegans
Western Smooth Earth Snake

St. Louis Co., Missouri. Spring 1974

People don't see Earth Snakes very often, but they may very common in places that provide suitable habitat.  They are very secretive, living their lives in the moist leaf litter and under stones and logs.  It's kind of cool that a drab little brown snake gets a name of planetary proportions!  Earth Snakes eat earthworms and other small invertebrates.  The Earth Snake pictured here is from Kentucky.








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