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Thanks for the wonderful article! I love snakes in the wild, but have a healthy respect for them as I spent my younger years in a rural desert area of southern CA that was frequented by Rattlesnakes and so was taught to admire from a distance and never handle them. I have found an exception though! While we still have plenty of Rattlesnakes where I now live, along with numerous harmless snakes varieties, the most irrisistibly adorable snakes around are the Sharp Tailed Snake "contia tenuis." The first time I found one, I was very suprised. They are tiny little things, maxing out at about 12in, and I have found some no more than about 3in long! They are so cute and so tiny. I live in an oak forested area, and so I tend to find them in the moist leaves or under stones or planters. They are rosy red on top, and generally grey on the belly. They look almost like a worm, particularly the smallest ones. They are just so cute with their delicate proportions and little tiny rasping tongues. I did some research to find out what variety they are, at first thinking they were just a juvenile form of some other variety of snake, but those little 12in guys are full grown! They feed mostly on slugs, so they are very welcome in my garden!