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BROWN SNAKE

(Storeria dekayi)

Picture of a brownsnake

 

Area where brownsnakes are found in South Dakota

Characteristics

  • Dark markings under and/or behind each eye
  • Grayish brown to reddish brown in color
  • Light stripe down the center of the back, bordered by a parallel row of dark spots
  • Pinkish or tan belly
  • Keeled scales
  • Nonvenomous
  • Diet: earthworms and insect larvae
  • Habitat: moist woodland areas near clearings and wetlands
  • Distribution: last record: Roberts County (1922)