Variable Groundsnake (Variable Ground Snake)
The variable groundsnake is a small, gentle, secretive species with smooth, shiny scales and highly variable coloration. The ground color can be gray, light brown, reddish brown, or red. There may be dark brown or black bands along the entire length, or a few bands or blotches along the forward part of the body, or it may be totally patternless. In our state, this species often has an orange or red tinge between crossbands. The belly is white or cream colored, with numerous dark gray bars on the tail.