Lined Snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum)
This smallish snake is brown with three stripes of light tan. The belly has a double row of dark half-moon markings.
Superficially, this species may resemble a Eastern Gartersnake. Identification can be confirmed by checking the belly.
This species seems to prefer more open grassland where surface cover (rocks, boards, etc.) is present. They may be found in semi-suburban environments, such as abandoned lots, cemeteries, and the like.
This small, unassuming snake is most likely to be found by turning up rocks, logs, or leaf litter. It is more active at night, especially after heavy rains.
Breeding occurs in the fall, with females giving birth to live young the following fall.
This species preys almost exclusively on earthworms and other soft-bodied invertebrates. It may hunt for these on the surface after heavy rains.
This inoffensive snake does not bite if handled gently, though it may poop/musk. It has little in the way of defense other than its small size and burrowing nature. The striped patterning will disguise its direction when attempting to escape potential predators.
As this species is not confirmed to occur in the state, no special status is attributed. In other parts of its range, its distribution seems somewhat spotty, but it may be locally abundance. It appears to do well in areas of past human disturbance, such as old farmland.