“Is that a worm or a snake?” shouted a Museum guest as she stared down at the ground at a small, slender, brown creature frantically wiggling along the macadam on the north side of the Wetlands.
Standing about thirty feet from the woman I could see the critter, but couldn’t tell exactly what it was. Getting closer, I could see that it was a snake.
I flipped the little snake over to see the pink of its belly to confirm my suspicions and exclaimed, “You’re right on both counts, kind of, it’s a Worm Snake!”
Worm Snakes (Carphophis amoenus) get to a length of about 6-7 inches, maxing out at about twelve.
You’re best chances of seeing one of these gentle, harmless snakes is after turning over a log or rock in moist woodlands, or under some debris next to your shed.
Worm Snakes feed on soft bodied invertebrates, mainly earthworms.