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Behavioral Ecology

Western worm snake - Carphophis vermis



  • 7.5 - 11 inches total length
  • Found beneath rocks rocks or in loose, damp soil of partially wooded hillsides
  • Active during day and night when cool
  • Feed on earthworms



 ringneck mapInteresting Fact: 
  • Worm snakes have a sharp, pointy scale at the end of their tail.  When captured, they will jab their captor with the scale.  The pinprick sensation may surprise the captor and cause it to loosen it's grip enough for the snake to escape.  This behavior has caused people to assume the snake can "sting", but it is really only sticking you with a straight pin.  No venom is injected.