Storeria dekayi — Dekay’s Brownsnake
Some other names for this species:
Brown Snake, Dekay’s Brown Snake
Along with a Common Watersnake, this was the other diminutive serpent we found under river-adjacent rocks that we had hoped would be sheltering crawfish snakes.
These little snakes make do on a diet of snails, slugs, and earthworms. Yum!
We were looking for Red-bellied Snakes (Storeria occipitomaculata) in perfect Red-bellied Snake habitat, but no Red-bellied Snakes were to be found. Our consolation prize was this close relative.
Something tells me that these snakes have a distinctive posture while resting on gravel roads near wetlands.
- Conant, R., Collins, J. T. 1998. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Third Edition, expanded
- Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2017. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding, Eighth Edition
- Ernst, C. H., Ernst, E. M. 2003. Snakes of the United States and Canada