Pale brown with faint dark blotches and a wide lighter pale
stripe down the center of the back. Belly is light cream to
pinkish. Sides of the head are pale with a dark vertical bar
behind eyes. Dark spots form a row along the sides of the center
stripe. Frequently, there is another row of smaller spots lower
on the sides that alternate with the upper spots. In some specimens
the markings are very faint.
23-33 cm (9-13 inches).
Earthworms, slugs and insects.
History: While this snake is fairly common in the Eastern
United States, it is relatively rare in Nebraska. Diet consists
of slugs, earthworms, and insects. The young of this species
are born alive, rather than hatching from eggs. When captured
this snake may excrete a musky substance from their anal scent
glands, however, this is not as offensive as in some other garter