worm snake


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worm snake

n.
Either of two small harmless North American snakes (Carphophis amoenus or C. vermis), usually living under stones or logs and feeding chiefly on earthworms.

worm′ snake`


n.
any of several small, wormlike snakes, esp. Carphophis amoenus, of the E and central U.S.
[1880–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.worm snake - wormlike burrowing snake of warm regions having vestigial eyesworm snake - wormlike burrowing snake of warm regions having vestigial eyes
ophidian, serpent, snake - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
Leptotyphlops humilis, western blind snake - burrows among roots of shrubs and beneath rocks in desert and rocky hillside areas and beach sand of western United States
2.worm snake - small reddish wormlike snake of eastern United States
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
Carphophis, genus Carphophis - thunder snake
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Blatchley (1891, 1899) specifically mentioned spotted salamander, marbled salamander, tiger salamander, newt, slimy salamander, gray treefrog, worm snake (Carphophis amoenus), and prairie kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster) as being taken at Sand Hill.
The Eastern worm snake is listed as threatened and the Eastern hognose snake is of concern, according to Mr.