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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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valeriae), eastern worm snakes (Carphophis amoenus), ring-necked snakes (Diadophis punctatus), and red-bellied snakes (Storeria occipitomaculata), with such species observed more frequently during autumn (Willson and Dorcas, 2004; Todd et al.
Elsewhere in Kenya, these kind of microhabitats also harbor other subterranean herpetofauna such as caecilian amphibians (see Malonza and Measey 2005, Malonza 2008) and reptiles such as blind snakes, worm snakes, burrowing skinks and worm lizards (Spawls et al.
Smith, 1849), Peter's black Worm snake Leptotyphlops sculifrons merkeri (Werner, 1909) and Cape wolf snake Lycophidion capense (A.