These two Rough Earth Snake were found while doing routine maintenance on our landscaping. These snake are small, nonvenomous, and harmless.
Wikipedia has this to say about the Rough Earth Snake:
The rough earth snake (Virginia striatula) is a species of nonvenomous natricine colubrid snake native to the southeastern United States. It was first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1766, as Coluber striatulus.
It is found from Texas to Florida, and as far north as Missouri,Virginia and Arkansas.
The rough earth snake is a small, brown, unpatterned snake with lightly keeled scales (which gives it its common name), and a light colored underside. They do not typically grow beyond 10 inches in length, with 7 inches being average. It is easily mistaken for the smooth earth snake, Virginia valeriae, with which it shares range and habitat. The keeled scales of V. striatula are the only way to visually distinguish the species from V. valeriae, which has smooth (non-keeled) scales.