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Brown Snake

Brown Snake
Species Name:
Storeria dekayi
Not venomous

Common Name:
Brown Snake

Species Name:
Storeria dekayi


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Small snake. Adults typically 9 to 13" in length. Vriable color and pattern from plain brown to gray, dark brown or reddish brown. Some have dark head. Look for double row of small dark spots around a light central stripe. Similar snakes are the earth snake which has no pattern, ringneck and worm snake which have smooth scales.


Eats earthworms and slugs. Lives under logs, boards, litter and moist forest habitats.

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