- Scientific Name
- Tantilla coronata
- Parts of Southern Virginia
- Also Called
- Black-Headed Snake, Tantilla
- Tan or Brown Body With a Black Head with a White Stripe
- Small Insects Such as Termites, Worms Centipedes, and Spiders
- Litter Size
- 1 - 3 Eggs per Birth
- Life Span
- 8 - 10 Inches
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Southeastern Crowned Snake Description
Southeastern Crowned Snake Appearance
This snake is normally between 8 to 10 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 13 inches. The record found in Virginia is 9.9 inches.
Juveniles tend to be more than 3 inches long.
Southeastern Crowned Snake Behavior
These snakes are secretive and prefers not to be seen by any potential threats. As such, finding these snakes can be rather rare.
These snakes tend to be active during the evening, and during the day they can be found under rocks and debris.
These snakes do not bite when handled, and will attempt to flee into the sand if you try to capture it.
It is illegal in Virginia to keep Wild Snakes as pets
Range and Habitat of The Southeastern Crowned Snake
These snakes can be found in southern Virginia. Most notably around the Lynchburg and west of the Norfolk area.
In the rest of the United States, they can be found all throughout the south. But they seem to avoid southern Georgia and Florida except for the panhandle.
These snakes, along with the Worm Snake prefer sandy or loose soil, which they can be observed “swimming” in to escape predators. They also like areas with cover, which means that you can frequently find them under rocks, or leaves.
They like to eat small insects such as worms, larvae, centipedes, termites, and even some spiders.
Reproduction and Young
Mating for these snakes occurs in the spring to the fall. If the female mates too late then she will carry the sperm until the spring to lay her eggs then.