- Scientific Name
- Haldea striatula
- Southeast Virginia
- Also Known As
- Striped Ground Snake, Brown Snake
- Small Snake with Brown, Gray, or Reddish Body
- Earthworms, Small Soft Insects
- Litter Size
- 3 - 8 per Birth
- Life Span
- 7 Years (In Captivity)
- 7 - 10 Inches
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Rough Earthsnake Description
Rough Earthsnake Appearance
The main body of the snake is brown, gray, or reddish, with a light tan or whitish belly. These snakes are often confused for De Kay’s Brown snake frequently. the best way to spot the difference between the two is that the Rough Earthsnake has a solid body, while the De Kay’s Brown Snake has light brown or dark markings on its back.
This snake is usually between 7 to 10 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 13 inches. The record found in Virginia is 11.6 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 3 to 4 inches long.
Rough Earthsnake Behavior
It is illegal in Virginia to keep Wild Snakes as pets
Range and Habitat of The Rough Earthsnake
These snakes can be found found in southeastern Virginia, but can sometimes be found outside their range. These snakes’ range extends all the way down to central Texas, with Virginia and central Missouri being it’s northern range.
These snakes are diggers and prefer to hide underneath logs, rocks, gardens, and home debris. These snakes like forested areas with a lot of cover on the ground. These snakes can also be found in urban or suburban areas if there is plenty of ground to hide in.
Diet of Rough Earthsnake
These Earthsnake’s favorite food is earthworms. However, other soft insects can also be eaten by this snake, namely slugs, snails, and insect eggs.
Reproduction and Young
Mating season for these snakes start in the spring, and they give birth in mid summer.
Eggs and Young
These snakes do not lay eggs, but rather give live births.
The juveniles when born have the same colors and markings as the adults. These juveniles tend to be 3 to 4 inches long.