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Northern Red-bellied Snake
Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata





   

 

 

NON-VENOMOUS

 

Description:
The red-bellied snake's pattern is quite variable. They can be gray to rusty red in coloration with either a broad light stripe or four narrow dark stripes running down the back. They have three light spots on the nape of the neck, which may be fused to form a collar. As the common name suggests, the belly is a red or orange color. In some extreme cases it may be black. The scales are keeled and the anal plate is divided.


Size:
Adults 8 - 14 inches (20 - 36 cm)


Prey:
Slugs, earthworms, and small insects


Reproduction:
Mates in spring and young are born June to September. Babies are about 2 - 4 inches (5 - 10 cm) long.


Habitat:
Woodlands - in areas that stay moist and have plenty of cover


Other Information:
When captured, this snake will often curl up one or both sides of its upper lip.

 

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