The eastern worm snake

by Tammy McCormack. 0 Comments

Time has literally flown by this year. I cannot believe it is Thanksgiving already.

For this column, I wanted to discuss the eastern worm snake, a very delicate snake that loves moisture.

These are tiny little snakes that are very plain with no pattern at all. They have smooth scales in 13 rows and can be brown, gray or black.

The eastern worm snake is an egg layer that mates from April to May and from September to October. The young are ready to hatch in about seven weeks.

The worm snake fully matures in about three years. They can generally be found in damp hilly woodlands, grassy hillsides above streams, under rocks, decaying logs or stumps, or in loose soil.

This snake is most likely to be seen during the spring while its habitat is still very moist. During dry and cold periods, it retreats deep into the ground.

It feeds on earthworms and is preyed heavily upon by our native milk snakes and king snakes.

The worm snake, which is very common in Maryland, is not a dangerous snake isn't known to bite when handled.

At this time of year, we're often asked what we're thankful for and hear what others are thankful for as well. But, we need to be thankful all year long, and to remember our native animals that are still out and about. Please slow down during this holiday season not only for the safety of our animals but for everyone else out there as well.

As always nature surrounds us with it's beauty during all four seasons. Get out enjoy!

*This column is being dedicated to my mother, Laraine. She is very ill and has been for 2 months now. I love you Mom.

Tammy McCormack is a licensed MD snaketrapper. She writes an on-line column for fredericknewspost.com. You may contact her at snaketrapping@aol.com.

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