||Jesse W. Jaycox
Family: Colubrid Snakes (Colubridae)
Species Of Special Concern
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In addition to resembling a worm in size and color, wormsnakes also feed on earthworms (and other small prey).
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This is a secretive species that appears to be fairly local within its state range, with fewer than 20 occurrences known. Only twelve records were reported between 1990 and 1999 within seven topographic quadrangles, despite a fairly intensive survey effort during the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project.
The species may be decreasing where it occurs, but additional data on short-term trends is needed.
The long-term trends are unknown, but habitat loss in areas where wormsnakes have been known to occur is documented and this has likely contributed to the loss of, or reduction of, populations in these localities.