One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small harmless North American snake which resembles an earthworm.
Carphophis amoena, family Colubridae
- ‘Purplish-brown above and salmon pink below, western worm snakes live underground and under flat rocks.’
- ‘The primary prey of the worm snake is worms, but it will also take soft-bodied insects.’
- ‘These range from the worm snakes having a length of about 10 centimeters to those more than 6 meters long.’
- ‘The worm snake is an unpatterned brown snake with a pink belly, pointed head and small eyes.’
- ‘The worm snake lives around forested places, and moist environments throughout Virginia and the Carolinas.’
- ‘The worm snake, like all worm snakes, spent all its time under the dirt in its cage and was very difficult to handle - impossibly wriggly.’
- ‘Its burrowing instinct compels the worm snake to push its head, as well as its pointed tail, between one's fingers.’
- ‘The worm snake is usually found under rocks and rotten logs where their prey, earthworms and soft-bodied insects, are abundant.’
- ‘One is the Saint Lucia racer, perhaps the rarest snake in the world, and the other is the worm snake, one of the smallest, measuring less than six inches long.’
2another term for blind snake
- ‘‘Most blind snakes and worm snakes do have eyes, but they're vestigial,’ he said.’
- ‘Blind snakes are often called worm snakes because of their resemblance to earthworms.’
- ‘The worm snake bears teeth only on the lower jaw and is able to locate food by smell.’
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