Rough Earthsnake (Rough Earth Snake)
A small, plain, secretive snake that is a uniform gray, brown, or reddish brown, with a cream-colored or light gray belly, unmarked. To verify your identification, note the rough earthsnake’s keeled scales along the back (which makes it feel rough), 5 labial scales along the upper lip, and a single scale between the nostrils.
Similar species: The western smooth earthsnake (Virginia valeriae elegans), found nearly statewide, is closely related and extremely similar in appearance. It has relatively smooth scales along the back, 6 labial scales along the upper lip, and 2 scales between the nostrils.