Texas Brown Snake


Order:  Squamata (scaled reptiles)
Suborder:  Serpentes (=Ophidia) (snakes)
Family:  Colubridae (typical snakes)
Subfamily:  Natricinae (water, garter, and related snakes)
Genus:  Storeria (brown and redbelly snakes)
Also Known As:  DeKay's snake

Scientific Name:  Storeria dekayi texana Trapido, 1944

Habitat:  A variety of terrain from prairie to woodland, and often near human habitation.

Storeria in honor of Dr. David H. Storer, dekayi in honor of zoologist James E. DeKay, texana="from Texas"

Length: To 21 inches total.
Food:  Slugs and earthworms; occasionally insects. Brown Snake Range
I found this snake in January 2004, in a trash-littered vacant lot while herping with my friend Erik.  We had found one together last year, but it slipped into a creek and escaped before I could get any pictures.  I've also seen them dead on the road.  In addition, I've found this subspecies (texana) all the way up in Wisconsin (see related page).  This individual was the first live Texas brown I've found in Texas! Texas Brown Snake
Don't let the picture above fool you.  These snakes typically don't get very big.  The ones I found in Wisconsin were much larger than this specimen.  This picture shows how small this snake was, as it sits in the palm of my hand. Size Comparison
This snake was found under a dark-colored board on a not-too-warm day.  It was soaking up the heat absorbed by the board, and initially didn't seem to mind being held.  However, after it warmed up sufficiently, it started trying to escape.  We took a few more pictures and released it under the board.

See also the brown snakes I found in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Wisconsin.

Texas Brown Snake--Head