Dekay's Brownsnake (Young) (Formerly Brown Snake)

Dekay's Brownsnake (Young) (Formerly Brown Snake)

Scientific Name: Storeria dekayi

Family: Natricidae



Description & Size

  • Legless
  • No eyelids
  • Lacks external ears
  • 17 rows of scales that have a ridge in the middle (keeled)
  • Total length:  22.9-45.9 cm (9.0-18.1 in)
  • Back color: brown, reddish-brown, gray
  • Belly color:  lightly colored
  • May or may not have dark dots and/or stripes that extend down the back


  • Woodlands around streams
  • Brushy habitat around streams
  • Moist woodlands
  • Suburban backyards
  • Under rocks, logs, and boards


  • Snails
  • Slugs
  • Earthworms
  • Insects

Life History

  • Diurnal, rarely Nocturnal
  • Active season:  Early March – early November
  • Breeding season:  spring
  • Gives live birth
  • 6-8 young per female


Dekay's Brownsnake (Young) (Formerly Brown Snake) Range