Virginia valeriae pulchra
Photo of Adult Mountain Earthsnake courtesy of Don Forester
Photo of Habitat for Mountain Earthsnake courtesy of Matt Sell
Prefers rich wooded areas with water nearby and loose, often sandy, soil. Grassy slopes with rock cover also used.
This is a very secretive animal, preferring to stay underground. The best time to find one is after rainstorms. May hide under rocks and rotted logs. Usually docile; will play dead and exude musk when cornered. Non-venomous.
Found only in western Garrett County. This snake is listed as state Endangered. If you find one, please contact the MD DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service.
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