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Very few snake species can actually dig holes in quite the same way that other animals can dig holes, and that's why you'll often find that snakes make up dens in the holes or burrows that have been left by other animals — rodents, frogs, turtles, etc. The snake may have consumed the original animal, or perhaps may have just struck-it-lucky with an abandoned den, but, despite being powerful, snakes just don't have the right tools to be able to dig a hole in the ground with ease.
That's not to say that there aren't snake species that can bury themselves, which is more of a slithering-under, rather than digging-out. Snakes can easily hide and slither beneath the foliage and leaves on the ground, but they wouldn't be able to make a hole in packed or compact earth in order to disappear. They will hide in other places, however, such as in hollowed-out logs, in rocks or rock piles, and also underneath areas of vast leaf-litter. They're actually quite good at hiding in these spots too, especially as many of them have colors and patterns that mimic what leaf litter would look like on the ground.
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