Herp of the day

Herp of the day: Western worm snake

The Western Worm Snake (Carphophis vermis) is a small, nonvenomous species of colubrid found in the central United States. This snake spends most of its time burrowing in soil and leaf litter and feeds primarily on earthworms.

Adults are usually from 19–28 cm (7.5–11 in) in total length; however, the maximum recorded total length is 37.5 cm (14.8 in). These little snakes are fossorial, and spend the vast majority of time buried in loose, rocky soil, or under damp forest leaf litter.