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Smooth Earth Snake Oct. 2012

Smooth earth snakes (Virginia valeriae) grow to be 7 to 10 inches (18-25.4 cm). They are most often found hiding beneath logs, leaf litter, or other debris and eat earthworms and soft-bodied insects. This species is viviparous, giving live birth to as many as 14 little snakes in the late summer.

This snake was discovered in one of the native plant demonstration gardens at Elms. Some visiting 7th graders enjoyed the find. Oct. 15th 2012.

More Articles...

  1. Imperial Moth Caterpillar 2012
  2. American Shieldback 2012
  3. Eastern Cottontails 2012
  4. Ground Hog: 2012
  5. Double-crested Cormorant rescued
  6. Little Brown Skink
  7. Common Buckeye Caterpillar
  8. Luna Moth Caterpillar: Actias luna
  9. railroad worm
  10. Garden Hose or Rat Snake?
  11. Common Snapping Turtle
  12. Leopard Gecko: Eublepharis macularius
  13. American Mink specimen
  14. Small American Bullfrog: Feb. 2012
  15. Rock Doves: April 2010
  16. Unknown Caterpillar -Cutworm Maybe: October 2011
  17. Baby Northern Water Snake April 2011
  18. Southern Leopard Frog: Oct. 2011
  19. Bull Frog: May 2011
  20. Green Tree Frog:Oct. 2011
  21. Fowlers Toad: Aug. 2011
  22. Northern Cricket Frog May 2011
  23. Eastern Mud Turtle June 2011
  24. Eastern Box Turtle May 2011
  25. The Chinese mantis September 2011
  26. The Old Man of the Woods September 2011
  27. Autumn Olive
  28. English Ivy November 2011
  29. The Periwinkle Plant (Vinca major) October 2011
  30. Eastern Ribbon Snake September 2011
  31. Diamondback Terrapin October 2011
  32. Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) October 2011
  33. Marbled Salamander: October 2011
  34. Rough Green Snake October 2011
  35. Atlantic Needlefish: September 2011
  36. The Eastern Box Turtle: June 2011
  37. Luna Moth Male vs. Female: May 2011
  38. Luna Moth: May 2011
  39. Green Stink Bug: May 2011
  40. Leaf Beetle Larvae: May 2011
  41. Worm Snake: May 2011
  42. Painted Turtle: May 2011
  43. Fiddler Crab: May 2011
  44. Arrow Arum: May 2011
  45. Eastern Tent Caterpillar: May 2011
  46. Shark Tooth Fossil: May 2011
  47. Northern water Snake: May 2011
  48. Female Cardinal: April 2011
  49. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet: April 2011
  50. 5-Lined Skink: April 2011
  51. Yellow Spotted Salamander Eggs: March 2011
  52. Loblolly Pine: Mach 2011
  53. Buck Moth: Feb 2011
  54. Spotted Salamander: Feb 2011
  55. Green Tree Frog: Feb 2011
  56. Male Blue Crab: Feb 2011
  57. Naked Goby: October 2010
  58. White Perch: October 2010
  59. Blood (polychaete) Worm: October 2010
  60. Bay Anchovy: October 2010
  61. Atlantic Silverside: October 2010
  62. Skilletfish: October 2010
  63. Spot: October 2010
  64. Black Drum: October 2010
  65. Blennies: September 2010
  66. Hogchoker: September 2010
  67. Mud Crab: September 2010
  68. Oyster Flatworm: September 2010
  69. Tiger Swallowtail: June 2010
  70. Diamondback Terrapin Eggs: June 2010
  71. American Toad Toadlet: May 2010
  72. Green Frog: May 2010
  73. Canada Geese: May 2010
  74. Land Snail: May 2010
  75. Red Admiral: May 2010
  76. Periwinkle Snail: May 2010
  77. Ladybug: May 2010
  78. Watersnake: May 2010
  79. Pipefish: April 2010
  80. Amphipod: April 2010
  81. Fowlers Toad: April 2010
  82. Racoon: April 2010
  83. Spring Peeper: April 2010
  84. Click Beetle: April 2010
  85. Six Spotted Tiger Beetle: April 2010
  86. Spotted Turtle: April 2010
  87. Eastern Mud Turtle: April 2010

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