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REDBELLY SNAKE

(Storeria occipitomaculata)

Picture of a redbelly snake

Area where redbelly snake is found in South Dakota

Characteristics

  • Slender body which may be gray, brown, or reddish-brown
  • A white chin with a red-colored belly
  • Light-colored spots on neck
  • Faint light stripe(s) down the back
  • Keeled scales
  • Nonvenomous
  • Diet: earthworms, slugs, and small insects
  • Habitat: woodland areas and moist grassy
    meadows
  • Distribution: extreme eastern South Dakota and the Black Hills