Haldea striatula (formerly Virginia striatula), commonly called the rough earth snake, is a species of nonvenomous natricine colubrid snake native to the southeastern United States Taxonomy. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1766, as Coluber striatulus ...
Description: The rough earth snake is a small -- 7-10 inches (18-25 cm) -– fairly slender brown to gray snake with keeled scales and a pointed snout. The young are darker in coloration than the adults and may have a light band on the neck, which is sometimes lost as the species matures.
Rough Earth Snake. Photo by JD Willson. Haldea striatula. Description: The rough earthsnake has a solid brown or gray back and a light colored belly. It may have a pale band across the back of its small head. Rough earthsnakes are very small and are characterized by their “rough” or keeled scales, which differentiates them from their ...
Behavior: Rough earth snake have never been known to bite. Response when discovered on the ground is to lie motionless or play possum when disturbed. Feeding: The diet of such a small snake consists largely of invertebrate prey. Feeds almost exclusively on earthworms, though ant larvae may also be taken.
Rough earth snakes are found in a variety of forested habitats having abundant ground cover. Higher population densities exist in dry coastal plain woodlands, but rough earth snakes may be found on exposed, rocky, wooded hillsides as well as in heavily timbered uplands and valleys.
Virginia valeriae. Description: The smooth earth snake looks much like its cousin the rough earth snake, but its scales are smooth and it is often characterized by tiny black dots scattered across the back. Feeding/Diet: They feed mostly on earthworms. Habitat/Range: Smooth earth snakes are usually found in forested areas where they stay hidden.
The rough earth snake is a forrosial species, meaning it lives inside burrows. Formerly it was scientifically known as Virginia striatula, this is a non-aggressive snake. Rough Earth Snake Pictures Gallery
Rough Earth Snake. Family: Colubridae (nonvenomous snakes) in the order Squamata (lizards and snakes) Description: The rough earthsnake is a small, plain, secretive snake that is a uniform gray, brown, or reddish brown, with a cream-colored or light gray belly, unmarked. To verify your identification, note the rough earthsnake’s keeled scales ...