Rough Earth Snake

Common Name: 
Rough Earth Snake
Scientific Name: 

Virginia striatula

Small, Garden Variety Snakes

6-12 inches. Gray, tan, brown or slate gray above, pale yellow or whitish below; faint, pale collar may be present; scales keeled and in 17 rows.


Rough earth snakes burrow in leaf litter and wood pulp, but may also be found under trash and other surface objects, chiefly in wooded areas. They thrive in yards in urban and suburban settings, where they conceal themselves in leaf litter, mulch and groundcover plants. They give birth to 4-9 young.


Throughout the state in wooded and forested portions, but absent from the marshes, Mississippi River bottom, and the region south of Lake Pontchartrain.

Rough Earth Snake