Other colubrid snakes captured were the small "ground snakes" Diadophis punctatus, Carphophis
amoenus, and Storeria dekayi.
The three reptiles that were significantly more abundant in Pine than Burn (Carphophis
amoenus, Storeria dekayi and Thamnophis sirtalis) prefer relatively moist and/or cool microenvironments (Behler and King, 1988; Conant and Collins, 1991); in particular, C.
The worm snake, Carphophis
amoneus, is unusual in that it has been recorded from a single locality in Erie County (a marl prairie N of Castalia, Ohio) that is isolated by more than 150 km from other known worm snake localities in the southern third of Ohio (Conant, 1951).
laticeps (Schneider), broad- C, S headed skink Scincella lateralis (Say), ground skink S Family Colubridae (common snakes) Carphophis
amoenus (Say), worm snake S Cemophora coccinea (Blumenbach), scarlet S snake Coluber constrictor Linnaeus, black racer I Clonophis kirtlandii (Kennicott), N, C, SE Kirtland's snake Diadophis punctatus (Linnaeus), S northern ringneck snake Elaphe obsoleta (Say), black rat snake I E.
Seven snake species reported before 1930 (Carphophis vermis, Crotalus viridis, C.
Four species reported from early studies and not encountered during our study (Bufo cognatus, Carphophis vermis, Crotalus horridus and Thamnophis radix) have been documented in recent years, in or close to, Riley and Geary counties (Heinrich and Kaufman, 1985; Collins, 1993; Kazmaier, 1993).
Burdick of the Newport Chemical Depot (Whitaker, 1994), including the eastern ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus), worm snake (Carphophis amoenus), northern ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus), eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos), and prairie king snake (Lampropeltis calligaster).
One salamander (Plethodon glutinosus), one turtle (Chrysemy picta), and six snakes (Coluber constrictor, Thamnophis sauritus, Lampropeltis calligaster, Heterodon platyrhinos, Diadophis punctatus, and Carphophis amoenus) reported by Whitaker (1994) were not observed in 1998.