Eastern Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus)
Piedmont, North Carolina, USA
I picked up this snake, unnoticed, in some trash lying around the parking lot at my workplace. I threw the trash into an outdoor bin, which was collected by our custodian a few minutes later. The snake was trying to get out—giving our custodian a fright, but she came to get me for the rescue. I was really surprised to see a terrestrial snake inside a large trash bin. Then I saw the litter I had just collected and realized what had happened. Note to self—inspect litter collected in the woods carefully before discarding. (I had shaken some dirt and leaves out of a couple of plastic shopping bags—but did not notice this tiny snake.)
(photo/text: Patrick Coin)

Eastern Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus)

Piedmont, North Carolina, USA

I picked up this snake, unnoticed, in some trash lying around the parking lot at my workplace. I threw the trash into an outdoor bin, which was collected by our custodian a few minutes later. The snake was trying to get out—giving our custodian a fright, but she came to get me for the rescue. I was really surprised to see a terrestrial snake inside a large trash bin. Then I saw the litter I had just collected and realized what had happened. Note to self—inspect litter collected in the woods carefully before discarding. (I had shaken some dirt and leaves out of a couple of plastic shopping bags—but did not notice this tiny snake.)

(photo/text: Patrick Coin)

Beaked Blind Snake (Rhinotyphlops acutus)
The Beaked Blind Snake is largest among the Indian Worm snakes and can grow upto 600mm, the one I had was about 400mm. They are they only species with a beaked snout. Found commonly in the peninsular India south of the Gangetic plain but rarer south of latitude 16ºN. An interesting folklore / myth associated with blind snake is that they enter ears of people sleeping on the ground. this has resulted in the Tamil name of the snake Sevi pamboo, literally translated it means ear snake.

(text/photos: Tarique Sani)

Beaked Blind Snake (Rhinotyphlops acutus)

The Beaked Blind Snake is largest among the Indian Worm snakes and can grow upto 600mm, the one I had was about 400mm. They are they only species with a beaked snout. Found commonly in the peninsular India south of the Gangetic plain but rarer south of latitude 16ºN. An interesting folklore / myth associated with blind snake is that they enter ears of people sleeping on the ground. this has resulted in the Tamil name of the snake Sevi pamboo, literally translated it means ear snake.

(text/photos: Tarique Sani)