Worm Snake
Carphophis amoenus

Photo by RW Van Devender


Description: Worm snakes are small, shiny, brown snakes with pink or whitish bellies. Their light belly coloration extends partially up onto their sides. Worm snakes have sharp points on their tails and very small heads used for burrowing after insects and earthworms.

Feeding/Diet: Worm snakes are active mostly at night and are common in damp woodlands where they feed primarily on earthworms.

Habitat/Range: . They are often found in rotting logs, but may burrow deep into the soil during hot, dry spells

Reproduction: Worm snakes lay 1–8 eggs during early summer.

Miscellaneous: Worm snakes never bite, but are usually very “wiggly” when held in the hand.

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The shaded region represents the range of the worm snake in North Carolina.

Photo by RW Van Devender

The sharp tail tip of a worm snake.
Photo by John White

Worm snake Hatchling.
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This website created by: J. Willson, Y. Kornilev, W. Anderson, G. Connette and E. Eskew.
For comments or questions contact M. Dorcas: midorcas@davidson.edu.
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Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina 28035-1719.

Text and maps from: Dorcas, M. E. 2004. A Guide to the Snakes of North Carolina. Davidson College - Herpetology Laboratory, Davidson, NC. – Copyright by Michael E. Dorcas.

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