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Virginia striatula
Nonvenomous/Harmless Status Common in Katy and Cypress Texas Description/Identification A small snake with adults generally around a foot in length and babies that are smaller than earthworms.  Coloration is solid and can be various shades of brown to an almost reddish color.  This snake can be found just about anywhere in the area and is even common in gardens. Defense The first defense for this snake is to flee.  This is one of the few snakes in the area I consider absolutely harmless because it does not bite.  If restrained it may emit a foul smelling musk and twist around while spraying feces or hide its head underneath body coils.
(Rough Earth Snake)