Mike stumbled upon these pair of small native VA snakes among a rocky outcrop. both are examples of some of the smaller harmless snakes that can be found in our county. The worm snake (reddish brown) is very common and is one that we found on almost every outing. The other – the smooth earth snake has eluded us for a couple of years but for some reason we have both had an opportunity to find two this year- although in different locations as well as under different circumstances. My discovery occurred when I was flipping pieces of plywood near an old shed. Mike found his under natural settings. In both cases they were accompanied by other smaller snakes such as ring necks and northern browns.