Texas Brown Snake

COMMON NAME — Texas Brown Snake
SCIENTIFIC NAME — Storeria dekayi texana
FAMILY — Colubridae
ORDER — Squamata
Non-venomous


A Texas Brown Snake, also called Dekay's Brown Snake, among some leaf litter ion the ground in our mostly closed-in carport.

Texas Brown Snake. 19 Mar 2012. Click to enlarge.

Also called Dekay’s Brownsnake, this is the only time I’ve spotted one on the acre. I originally thought it was a juvenile, but further online investigation shows that it is a small snake and adults are typically about 12 inches long.

Not seeing it at first in our old, mostly enclosed & shady carport among the leaf litter, I nearly stepped on it when it moved and became exposed. I happened to be carrying my camera (with macro lens) and snapped a shot. Surely it would have been gone from the spot had I needed to first go into the house to grab the camera.


A Few Details About This Species:

Range:
Southern Minnesota to the eastern half of Texas to northern Mexico

Habitat:
Moist woodlands under logs and bark. In urban areas in gardens and flower beds, and also under old pieces of roofing or linoleum in backyards and vacant lots

Diet:
Primarily slugs and earthworms, but also insects, spiders and cricket frogs (genus Acris)

Other Interesting Tidbits:
Females bear 3-15 live young in August and early September, which emerge in a fine tissue sac, which after bursting remains attached to the ventrum (belly) but is quickly shed.


More Information About This Species At:

Coachwhip:
– Wikipedia
— Herps of Texas
Austin Reptile Service


Related Links on this site:

– All Snake Posts
Herps Index


 

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