Eastern Smooth Earth Snake

What does the eastern smooth earth snake look like?

The Eastern Smooth Earth Snake is 7” inches to 10” inches long. This non-venomous species is very plain and ranges in tones of reddish brown to gray with very tiny black dots down the back and occasionally a specimen may have a very faint light stripe. The belly has no patterns or marking and is whitish to yellowish toned.

Where in Montgomery County is the eastern smooth earth snake found?

The Eastern Smooth Earth Snake is found in old fields that are adjacent to forests west of Darnestown. They are also found in the urban and suburban woodlots of Gaithersburg and Rockville. It is common for people to find this species of snake under piles of trash on the lawn in Bethesda or under piles of firewood in Potomac. Our Snake Control Technicians occasionally remove this species of snake from basements and crawl spaces of older homes throughout Montgomery County.

Is the eastern smooth earth snake venomous?

The eastern smooth earth snake is not a venomous species. They are a mild mannered snake that never bites unless it needs to defend its self. If you pick up any snake you may get bit. The reason snakes bite is because humans look like large predators to snakes so they are fearful that humans are going to kill them and they bite hoping the human will let go.

What animals or wildlife prey on eastern smooth earth snakes?

Birds of prey like the American kestrel, red-tail hawk and barred owl prey on the eastern smooth earth snake. Raccoons fox, and snapping turtles will also prey on the eastern smooth earth snake.

What does the eastern smooth earth snake eat?

The eastern smooth earth snake feeds mostly on earthworms but they will feed on snails and other insects if needed.

What are the habits of the eastern smooth earth snake?

The eastern smooth earth snake live predominately underground or under cover in hollowed tree stumps, logs, under thick and tall field grass, under hay bales, under trash or old wood piles. This elusive snake is rarely seen above ground or in the open except after heavy rains combined with cooler temperatures. This species is sometimes seen in Potomac, Boyds, Poolesville, Darnestown and Beallsville to name a few.

What are the hibernation habits of eastern smooth earth snake?

Hibernation begins in October and ends in April for the eastern smooth earth snake. Small groups of the eastern smooth earth snake will hibernate together. This snake will also hibernate with other species of snakes that inhabit Montgomery County like the ring-necked snake and eastern worm snake.

What are the reproduction habits of the eastern smooth earth snake?

Like many other snakes that call Montgomery County home the eastern smooth earth snake mates in April when they are coming out of hibernation. The female gives live birth to between 4 and 12 babies in the late part of summer (August or September). The female does not take part in raising the young.

How to get rid of eastern smooth earth snakes in your yard?

Eastern smooth earth snakes are common but elusive snakes and spend most of their time undercover. Homeowners sometimes cross paths with this snake in flowerbeds, under large pieces of mulch or under landscaping rocks. Snake repellant can be applied by a pest control company that specializes in snake control. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is a Montgomery County bases pest control company that removes snakes from yards and homes. They can also treat your property with snake repellants to deter snakes. To schedule an appointment call 240-599-6815.