- Scientific Name
- Storeria dekayi
- Everywhere Except Some Areas of Southwest Virginia
- Also Called
- De Kay's Snake, Dekay's Brownsnake
- Brown Body With a Light Stripe on the Spine Speckled With Spots
- Snails, Slugs, Earthworms
- Litter Size
- 3 - 26 Eggs per Birth
- Life Span
- Unknown (7 Years in Captivity)
- 9 - 13 Inches
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Dekay’s Brown Snake Description
Dekay’s Brown Snake Appearance
This snake is normally between 9 to 13 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 19.3 inches. The record found in Virginia is 14.9 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 3 to 4 inches long.
Dekay’s Brown Snake Behavior
These snakes are solitary and secretive, and are only seen together with other snakes during mating or hibernating
During the winter they will hibernate in dens with other Brown Snakes in rock outcroppings or using burrows of small rodents.
These snakes can bite when handled, but they are non-venomous, and their mouth is so small that there will never be any serious harm from the bite.
It is illegal in Virginia to keep Wild Snakes as pets
Range and Habitat of The Dekay’s Brown Snake
These snakes range does not cover southwestern Virginia, although there is a pocket of them near Tazewell. They are a very common snake in every state east of Kansas, and they go as far south as Mexico (Although they do avoid Florida) and as far north as Quebec, Canada.
Their habitat consists of forests, meadows, fields, wetlands, and urban areas. In short, these snakes can be seen everywhere in Virginia. At home you can find them under leaves, bushes, stacked wood, or anywhere that can retain moisture. There have been some cases of finding them in basements or bathrooms.
Their main diet are small insects such as worms, caterpillars, beetles, slugs, snails, crickets and other small insects.
Reproduction and Young
Mating for these snakes occur through late March to May, where the female will lay eggs in June or July.