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Rough Earth Snake

Photo by Suzanne L. Collins

Common Name: Rough Earth Snake

Scientific Name: Virginia striatula


Size: Length in Kansas up to 11 3/8 inches


Kansas range map for the Rough Earth Snake

Range: Found in extreme southeastern Kansas in Chautauqua and Cherokee counties and southeastern Crawford County.

Description: 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.

Habits: 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.