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Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi)
Description: A small brown or gray snake with a light stripe down the
back bordered by black dots. These dots may join to form crossbars. The belly is
white, cream, or pinkish in color. Adult length: 9 to 15 inches.
Photo © Jim Harding
Habitat and Habits: Brown snakes may turn up in a variety of places,
including old fields, vacant city lots, marshes, and woodlands. These shy little
animals are rarely seen in the open, and spend much time under objects or
underground. They feed on earthworms and slugs.
Reproduction: Females produce litters of 5 to 27 young in summer. The
tiny (3.5 to 4.5 inch long) snakes are black or gray with a yellow "collar"
around the neck.
Range and Status: Found throughout the Lower Peninsula and the
southern tip of the Upper Peninsula, brown snakes can be common even in farming
and residential areas.
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