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 Texas Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi texana)




Texas Brown Snake | Storeria dekayi-texana photo
Texas Brown Snake

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

TEXAS BROWN SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Texas Brown Snake is reddish brown with dark brown spots around the eyes. The Texas Brown Snake is variable in color, and can be brown, tan, or brick red. There is a faint lighter stripe down the middle of the back. The top of the head is darker, and there are dark spots on the side of the head.

Size
average 30cm

Environment
range of habitats including woodlands, marshes, edges of swamps, golf courses, moist garden beds

Food
eats mainly slugs, snails, insects, earthworms.

Breeding
viviparous and gives birth to 12 - 20 young around late July to early August

Range
From Minnesota to Texas and south into Mexico.

Notes
Texas Brown Snakes are non-venomous and completely harmless. When threatened they will coil up, raise their head and strike repeatedly. Their mouths are not big enough to bite humans.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Storeria
Species:dekayi texana
Common Name:Texas Brown Snake


Relatives in same Genus
  Redbelly Snake (S. occipitomaculata)