Western Wormsnake (Western Worm Snake)

Colubridae (nonvenomous snakes) in the order Squamata (lizards and snakes)

This species is usually purplish-brown above and salmon pink on the belly and lower sides. The tail has an interesting (and harmless) spike which also helps it maneuver through soil.

Length ranges from 7 to 11 inches (18-28 cm).
Habitat and conservation: 
This species is never seen in the open; it either hides under rocks, logs or boards, or burrows into damp soil or leaf litter. Worm snakes mainly live on wooded hillsides.
They eat earthworms and insect larvae and eggs.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Statewide, except for extreme southeastern corner and a few counties in the north-central part of the state.