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!

 

Posted August 1, 2014
Topics: Natural History

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