Common Wormsnake (Carphophis amoenus) - Ohio Herp Atlas

Common Wormsnake Carphophis amoenus

Probably no snake more closely resembles an earthworm than the wormsnake. They have a small, pinkish brown body, shiny iridescent scales, and a small, narrow head which is not distinct from the translucent body. Wormsnakes range throughout the southern third of the state, particularly southeastern Ohio. These reptile versions of the nightcrawler are rarely encountered in the open, but can be discovered under large, flat slabs of rock, logs, and other debris. They show a marked preference for moist earth, such as hillside seeps. During dry weather, wormsnakes work deep into the ground, seeking moisture. Although wormsnakes do not bite, when handled they continually try to push between one’s fingers with both their head and tail – which has a spine-like tip. This tail spine has deceived some people into believing that snakes have stingers; however, no snake has a stinger. Worms and soft-bodied insects make up the bulk of the wormsnake’s diet. This snake is an egg layer. LENGTH: 8”–10”

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Distribution of the Common Wormsnake (Carphophis amoenus)
Common Wormsnake (Carphophis amoenus)