Eastern Smooth Earthsnake (Virginia valeriae valeriae)

Eastern Smooth Earthsnake (Virginia valeriae valeriae)

Record Information
Created: June 28th, 2018 - 10:41 AM
Last Modified: July 9th, 2018 - 02:43 AM
Entered by: Brandon Ruhe
Record # 145589


Observation Information
County: Chester County
Time: 2018-06-27 15:45:00
Qty: 1
Age: Juvenile
Sex: --
Air Temperature: 75.00F
Cloud Cover: Overcast
Weather Conditions: Showers
Elevation: 449.00ft
Habitat: under old blanket


The smallest L. triangulum I've encountered including hatchlings. The snake had recently consumed another snake, as was apparent based upon the sausage-like appearance when encountered. I had a deep suspicion that the snake had eaten a V. valeriae based upon the diameter of the prey item when considering the short length. The L. triangulum would not regurgitate in the field for Chris and I. I collected the specimen and at 11 PM I introduced a small amount of water into the digestive tract through the hub of a needle without the syringe tip. The snake quickly regurgitated a V. valeriae, intact but with a digested head, confirming my suspicion about the prey item.