Florida's Snakes thumbnail photo of snake identification guide cover

Rough Earthsnake
(Virginia striatula)


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Rough Earthsnake

photo of rough earthsnake snowing brown body and obviously keeled scales

 Photo by Dirk Stevenson. This photo may not be used without the express written permission of the photographer


Up to ~12 in.


Body is gray brown to brown and is unmarked. Head is small and pointed. Belly is pale cream-yellow. Juveniles may have a light collar. It is similar to the Smooth Earthsnake and Pine Woods Littersnake, but the scales along the spine have obvious lengthwise ridges (keels). This snake gives birth to live young (does not lay eggs).


Found in northern Florida and the western panhandle in dry hardwood forests and pinewoods. It spends most of its time under leaf litter or other debris.



map showing that rough earthsnakes are found only in northern Florida and the panhandle

Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.

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