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Rough Earth Snake (Virginia striatula)
Rough Earth Snake
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ROUGH EARTH SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Rough Earth Snake is brown or gray brown, with no pattern above. The underside is light yellow or cream. The head is small with pointed snout, and there may be a faint light ring round the neck. Juveniles are darker than adults and have a white or pale gray ring around the neck. The scales are keeled. It is similar to the Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae), which has smoother scales.
Grows to 32cm. Average length is about 18cm - 25cm
It spends most of its time in leaf litter, loose soil, or under rotting logs.
eats insects, earthworms, slugs, snails and other soft bodied invertebrates.
They are ovoviviparous and give birth to 3 - 8 young in mid-summer. Young are about 10cm long.
found in south eastern United States from Texas to Florida and north to Missouri and Virginia.
The Rough Earth Snake is non-venomous and harmless to humans. When handled they may strike, but their mouths are not large enough to bite people. They also excrete to deter when harassed.