University of Kansas Field Station

Smooth Earth Snake in northeast Kansas, occurrence and ecology

Date January 2007 - December 2008
Contact George Pisani
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Location Northeast Kansas


Location of a population of the Smooth Earth Snake as a component of a diverse snake fauna on land adjacent to the Fitch Natural History Reservation provided opportunity to accumulate considerable new information in a similar snake community. An intensive mark-recapture study of this community was conducted from September 2006 through November 2008. Observations on feeding, defense, home range, morphology, and population size were collected along with relevant microhabitat characteristics. Data indicate considerably greater use of available grassland habitat than had been recognized previously.


George Pisani

Published Work

Pisani, George R. 2009. Virginia valeriae and Storeria dekayi in a Northeast Kansas grassland community—ecology and conservation implications. Journal of Kansas Herpetology. 32:20-36.