Carphophis vermis - Western wormsnake from Scott County, Arkansas. These fossorial snakes are rarely seen above ground but can often be found under rocks within their habitats. They're a rearfanged, though harmless species.
Love the colors! I want one. Can they be bought as pets? I've been thinking about eventually getting a black snake but wasn't thrilled with the pet species available in solid black plus I was thinking about getting a sand boa which is similar looking.
I figured it was a secretive snake that remained buried under the ground or hiding all the time, but that doesn't bother me too much as I'd like to have 1 snake in my collection like that. Sand Boas and milk snakes are like that, but I can understand the size and special diet being a problem in captivity. However, I've heard of some crazy specialized reptiles being kept by people who are experience and care enough to actually make sure the animal gets what it needs. I wouldn't attempt such a thing right now, but in a few years when I'm more experienced I may be willing to after tons of research. Herpetology is actually the field I'm trying to get into professionally with my Biology degree. I did look into sunbeam snakes but all the care instructions I looked at for them says they should be handled as infrequently as possible as it stresses them easily. I love their iridescence but from what I read they didn't seem like a good pet. For the rainbow iridescence look I love on snakes I'm going to probably get a Brazilian rainbow boa. thanks
The handling thing is pretty much the same for all fossorial species, whether it be these guys, sunbeams, etc, they stress out easily being out of their element. These guys would make easy pets as far as care, they're just boring. Haha. All they need is a burrowable substrate, some cover to hide under, and a diet of earthworms, which is their preferred diet in the wild. I've been working with snakes both in the wild and in captivity for over 10 years now, and have been studying herpetology for close to as long. It's really (sadly to some people) my only hobby. Haha
Coral snakes are a warning pattern because they actually are venomous. A lot of snakes use mimicry as a form of defense, though, and aposematism (the use of bright colors or other signals as a form of defense) exists in a large number of animals, including many snakes that are otherwise harmless.