Smooth Earth Snake
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Photo by JD Willson


Description: The smooth earth snake looks much like its cousin the rough earth snake, but its scales are smooth and it is often characterized by tiny black dots scattered across the back.

Feeding/Diet: They feed mostly on earthworms.

Habitat/Range: Smooth earth snakes are usually found in forested areas where they stay hidden.

Reproduction: They give birth to 4–12 babies during the middle of the summer.

Miscellaneous: Along with rough earth snakes and redbelly snakes, these are some of the smallest snakes found in North Carolina.

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

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Photo by JD Willson Photo by ME Dorcas

This website created by: J. Willson, Y. Kornilev, W. Anderson, G. Connette and E. Eskew.
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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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