Storeria victa, the Florida brown snake;
Lake county, Florida (22 February 2015).
The Florida brown snake is common, harmless, and wicked small. They spend most of their time fairly well hidden under surface detritus and within loose soils. Given their habitat preference, it makes sense that they primarily feed on earthworms and other invertebrates such as snails and slugs. Because of their reclusive nature, Florida brown snakes are not as obvious or commonly seen as some of our larger species, but they can be extremely abundant in certain areas. Most of the individuals I come across are around eight inches in length (or so), but they can, at times, grow up to a whole, whopping foot.