Western Worm Snake

Common Name: 
Western Worm Snake
Scientific Name: 

Carphophis vermis

Small, Garden Variety Snakes

8-14 inches. Black above, pink or scarlet below and up to the third scale row; eyes tiny; scales smooth and in 13 rows; small, harmless spine on the tip of the tail.


Worm snakes burrow in loose soil and leaf litter in deciduous forest, occasionally concealing themselves beneath logs. They lay from 1-6 eggs.


The wooded blufflands between Mer Rouge and Wisner (Macon Ridge), now almost completely deforested; an old record from near Gayle; not seen in Louisiana since the 1960s.

Western Worm Snake
Western Worm Snake