Western Worm Snake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
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Western Worm Snake
Carpophis vermis
  • Size:   Length in Kansas up 14 3/8 inches.

Kansas range map for the Western Worm Snake

Range:   Found throughout the eastern third of Kansas from the central Flint Hills east to the Missouri border
  • Description:   Harmless. Shiny, smooth scales. Body uniform dark gray above; pink or coral belly, color extends up onto second scale row of body. Head is flattened to aid in burrowing. Young same as adults, but belly may be more intense pink.
  • Habits:   Found under rocks, on rocky wooded hillsides and along forest edge. Active from March to November; breeds in spring and lays up to 5 eggs that hatch in August. Eats earthworms. Very secretive; generally can only be found under rocks during April; spends rest of year beneath the ground. Never bites.

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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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