Wide-ranging through most of the eastern United States, southern New England, and southeastern Ontario.
This species prefers sandy substrate in woodland, open field, farmland, or coastal habitats.
This small snake is named for the upturned scale at the tip of its stubby snout. It averages a total length of 28 inches, but can reach over 40 inches. It has keeled scales and will drastically flatten its head and neck when threatened. It will also flip dramatically onto its back to play dead. Their coloration and pattern are highly variable, but most individuals have a dark band running from behind each eye and across the face. The underside of its tail tends to be lighter than the belly.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians