About this Species 

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Name:Rough Earth Snake
Family:Woodland Snakes
Scientific Name: Virginia striatula
Description:Keeled scales on back. Body is uniform brown, red-brown or gray. Belly is white, cream-colored or light gray. This snake must be examined closely to distinguish it from the smooth earth snake. Young resemble adults. Adults 7-10 inches in length.
Range:Statewide, very few records for Mississippi Delta.
Habits and Habitat:Prefers rocky, wooded hillsides, forest edges, bottomland hardwood forests and pine forests. Active from April-October and can be found in rotting stumps and logs in winter months. Breeds April-May and 2-9 young are born July-September. Earthworms are primary food, but also eats slugs, snails and insects.
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Suzanne Collins