A Field Guide to the Prairie

Lined Snake
Photo: Dr. Barney Oldfield
Lined Snake
Tropidoclonion lineatum
Length: 22-38 cm (8-15 in.)
Range: This snake is found throughout the Great Plains into central Texas. Lined snakes prefer prairies and savannas.
Eating Habits: They feed on earthworms, as they smell them in the darkness.

This is a small, dark brown snake. As its name implies, there are three pale yellow stripes running all along its body. Its underside is white or pale yellow and is marked with a double row of black solid semicircles.

This species is normally nocturnal and hides during the day.

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