Smith’s Black-headed Snake
(Tantilla hobartsmithi)

Smith’s black-headed snakes are very small (up to 12 inches long) snakes that are harmless to people. They are a uniformly light brown snake with a contrasting black head, which may be more distinctive on some individuals than others. Their appearance can sometimes resemble a huge earthworm.

In Utah, black-headed snakes are only found in the southwestern corner of the state. Although they may not be extremely rare, they are seldom seen due to their secretive habits.

Black-headed snakes are most frequently found in grassland and woodland habitats, or near stream corridors.

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