It’s a Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus)! Answer to FoW #20
Congrats to Tom Arbour and Charlene Clinger for correctly identifying this as a Worm Snake! Although much of the color has faded from this specimen, the diagnostic feature of the species is clearly visible in the second photo, as well as this one:
This harmless snake uses its flattened head and pointed tail tip for burrowing, and feeds on earthworms and soft-bodied insects. Although probably fairly common in the forested southern parts of Ohio, you’ll have to do a fair bit of log-turning to find this secretive animal!