New York Natural Heritage Program
Eastern Wormsnake
Carphophis amoenus (Say, 1825)
Reptiles

Threats [-]
Threats include habitat loss and fragmentation. Pesticides may also be a threat and Ernst (1962) reported wormsnake mortality from an application of 6% chlordane dust applied to the soil for insect control (Klemens 1993). Additional research on threats is needed.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Mitigation measures to manage the adverse effects of habitat fragmentation need to be developed and implemented (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2006).

Research Needs [-]
Standardized survey protocols need to be developed and, once complete, these protocols should be implemented at known and potential habitats in order to determine the character, quality, and full extent of the occupied habitat (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2006). Life history parameters of wormsnake populations in New York need to be determined. This includes collecting information on age and sex ratios, longevity, age at sexual maturity, survivorship of young, predator-prey relationships, and specific habitat requirements (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2006).