ROUGH EARTH SNAKE
Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission
NEED OF CONSERVATION
Length in Kansas up to 11 3/8 inches.
Found in extreme southeastern Kansas in Chautauqua and Cherokee counties and
southeastern Crawford County.
Harmless. Scales smooth to the touch, but some are weakly keeled beginning on the
middle of the back and extending over the rear of the body. A small gray or light brown
serpent with a white or grayish belly. Five scales on each upper lip. Young are miniature
adults, but may have a yellow area on the middle of the head just behind the eyes.
A secretive reptile, spending its time beneath rocks and debris. Breeding occurs in
April or May; from 2-9 eggs are laid from July to September. Never bites. Feeds on
earthworms, slugs and snails.
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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