Storeria dekayi Dekay’s Brownsnake
Some other names for this species:
Brown Snake, Dekay’s Brown Snake
Jackson County, MissouriMay 5, 2017
Dekay’s Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi)
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.
Holt County, MissouriMay 5, 2017
Dekay’s Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi)
These little snakes make do on a diet of snails, slugs, and earthworms. Yum!
Linn County, IowaMay 6, 2017
Dekay’s Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi)
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.
Holt County, MissouriMay 7, 2017
Dekay’s Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi) Dekay’s Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi)
Something tells me that these snakes have a distinctive posture while resting on gravel roads near wetlands.
Online references:
Printed references: