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
Although this subspecies is called "Texas" Brown Snake,  I assure you these individuals have never been that far south.  The Texas Brown Snake is found from Texas north into Wisconsin.  Other subspecies are found further east. Texas Brown Snake
I found these two snakes in a pile of old, well-worn lumber.  This first picture is of the larger of the two snakes I found.  It appeared a little bruised and had remnants of an incomplete skin shed on parts of its body.  Perhaps it had a run-in with a predator.
The second picture is of a smaller specimen.  It's still a pretty good size for a brown snake--they usually don't get bigger than a foot and a half long.  After taking pictures I put the snakes back where I found them.  Most people don't even realize these snakes exist.  They spend much of their lives in hiding, but are sometimes found after rains and while people are mowing their lawns.

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

Texas Brown Snake