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Virginia is a genus of small, terrestrial, colubrid snakes, native to the United States. They are commonly referred to as earth snakes.

SpeciesEdit

DistributionEdit

Ranges overlap, it is unknown if hybridization occurs.

DescriptionEdit

Virginia species are small snakes, rarely exceeding 10 inches in length. They are normally a uniform brown color, with a lighter colored underside. Differentiating species can be difficult, but V. valeriae has smooth scales, whereas V. striatula has keeled scales. V. pulchra has weakly keeled scales.[1]


Habitat & dietEdit

Virginia species are fossorial, spending the vast majority of their time buried in loose soil, under rotting logs, or in leaf litter. They eat earthworms and soft bodied arthropods. They themselves are a food source for other species of snake, like the coral snake.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Richmond, Neil D.1954.The ground snake Haldea valeriae in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with a description of a new subspecies.Annals Carn.Mus.33(15):251-260

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