Smooth Earth Snake in northeast Kansas, occurrence and ecology
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.