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Western Worm Snake

Western Worm Snake Facts, control, & identification

Latin Name

Carphophis vermis


The western worm snake is found in the western part of the United States. The snake is protected at the state level but not at the federal level. The snake can move quietly and get past a person without the person noticing. The black or dark purple dorsal scales and salmon or light pink underbellies helps the snake in blending perfectly with moist leaf droppings or open woodland with loose rocky soil. With a length of between 7 and 8 inches, the snake closely resembles an earthworm. Actually, Vermis which is the species name of the snake means worm in English.

Diet, Behavior & Habits

The western worm snake is non-venomous and mate and produce young ones during spring. About one to seven eggs is laid by the female snake at the beginning of summer months. Worms and soft-bodied insect are meals for the snake. The snakes goes into hibernation in the northern states during extremely cold winter months.