A burrowing snake that likes to hide under logs, rocks, or other natural debris. Lives in hardwood or pine forests, or near ponds, bogs, swamps, or marshes.
A small, thin snake that averages 7-10 inches in length. It has a small head with a blunt snout, and mildly keeled scales. Its body is brown with 2 rows of tiny dark spots down either side of its spine, and a lighter brown stripe between these rows of spots. There are black triangles on each side of the neck, sometimes connecting to form a collar. Proximal to the black triangles are 2 light patches that extend to the sides of the snake's face. The top of its head and snout are darker brown. It may also have black patches under its eyes. Ventrum is tan or pink with dark spots along the edges.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians