Found in the central United States, from eastern Kansas, central Missouri, and southwestern Illinois down through Oklahoma, Arkansas, northwestern Louisiana, and most of Texas. Its range barely spills over the border into northeastern Mexico.
This species prefers moist environments, and will often be found in gardens and other urban areas. It likes to hide in rock piles or leaf litter in a variety of habitats.
A very small, worm-like snake reaching only 7-8 inches in length. It has smooth, diamond-shaped scales and a small, flattened head that is generally darker than the rest of the body. Its relatively large eyes are set wide apart on the lateral sides of its face. Its dorsum is solid tan, grey, brown, or salmon in color, and its ventrum is unmarked pink or orange.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians