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Old 11-03-17, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Type of snake?

I live in West Central Louisiana and saw this snake in my yard today. The snakes eyes are round. Snake is about a foot long. Can't load the entire picture due to size limitations on this site. Thanks for your help
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Old 11-03-17, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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While it's a bit lighter in color than the ones I see most often, it looks like a Brown's Dekay snake to me. It generally feeds on worms and slugs and is completely harmless.
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While it's a bit lighter in color than the ones I see most often, it looks like a Brown's Dekay snake to me. It generally feeds on worms and slugs and is completely harmless.
I'm actually thinking this is a redbelly snake (Storeria Occipitomaculata) due to the lack of pattern on the body and the white spot under the eye. None the less, both are harmless, small species that eat worms and slugs. This snake is likely full grown.
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I'm actually thinking this is a redbelly snake (Storeria Occipitomaculata) due to the lack of pattern on the body and the white spot under the eye. None the less, both are harmless, small species that eat worms and slugs. This snake is likely full grown.
To me, it looks more like a brown snake, I have never seen a redbelly snake in that light coloration, also maybe a bit to big. Could be though, the easiest way to tell would be to pick him up next time you see him. Most likely the snake won't bite, but certainly will musk so be aware of that.
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To me, it looks more like a brown snake, I have never seen a redbelly snake in that light coloration, also maybe a bit to big. Could be though, the easiest way to tell would be to pick him up next time you see him. Most likely the snake won't bite, but certainly will musk so be aware of that.
They are pretty variable in color, ranging from grey/slate to tan or brown.....That white spot below the eye really stands out. Dekayi don't have that spot
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Red-bellied snake. We have two color phases here in Louisiana, and that's one of them (the other being gray). Nice find.
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