View Full Version : Week #10, a snake.

July 9th, 2007, 01:47 PM
I placed the topic of this weeks animal in the title in case anyone is phobic.

So on to the critter.....

This little lady is small but full grown.
She is a Brown snake, Storeria dekayi.
Average length 9-15 inches, rarely to 20 inches.

Close up of our snakes body pattern. Her name is Rosey.

The brown snake is brown to grayish brown in color. It often has a broad light stripe bordered by dark spots down the back. The belly is pinkish or buff colored, sometimes with rows of small black spots. As a baby it has a light ring around the neck.
Brown snakes emerge from hibernation after the ground thaws in the spring. They typically mate in spring or early summer, and 8-20 young are born alive from mid-July through August. Although they are generally forced into hibernation by November, brown snakes may emerge briefly during periods of warm winter weather.
In warm areas they do not need to hibernate.
Found in a variety of wild habitats such as wetlands, grasslands and forests, brown snakes are most often encountered in urban or residential areas. It is not uncommon to find several brown snakes under debris in vacant lots, parks and cemeteries. Earthworms and slugs are their preferred foods, however, they will also take sow bugs, insects, spiders, small fish and small frogs. They are active during the daytime in spring and fall, but are primarily nocturnal during the summer. Brown snakes rarely bite but, like most snakes, will release musk from their anal glands when alarmed.

She is a small species.

Our Rosey is around 15 inches long, and possibly gravid.
Gravid means Pregnant.
Brown snakes babies are tiny, as small as 2 inches and thin as a toothpick.
Males have longer tails than females. Brown snake males have a tail that is 23% or more their total body length.
Our Rosey has a short tail.

When first caught Rosey did try to bite and she did release her perfumed musk several times. Brown snakes also flatten out like a ribbon to appear bigger. Rosey did this too, except being gravid most likely, her last 2/3 of her body remained plump. (a typical sign of a gravid condition)

After several minute she realized that she wasn't getting hurt nor could hurt me so she relaxed and now I can handler her with no objections or stinky mess coming from her. She is a sweet as can be.

Close up of head pattern

The brown snake is very common. but often not noticed because of their small size. They hide very well. :)
There are 4 subspecies of brown snakes and they range from Canada all the way down through central America.

Rosey's beautiful tongue. Notice the colors, pink to red to a dark tip.
Also note the length of the tongue,
longer than her head!
Snakes smell with their tongues. :)

The predators of the Brown snakes are, birds of prey, pheasants, grouse, quail, domestic chickens, turkeys (wild and domestic), jays, thrushes, and many other bird species.
Also, mammals, weasels, coon, opossum, mink, rats, etc, and even dogs and cats will eat the Brown snakes.
Other reptiles and amphibians too feed on brown snakes, like the larger breeds of frogs and toads, turtles and even other snakes all find the brown snake a tasty treat.

person of shadow
July 9th, 2007, 02:03 PM
Very pretty!

July 9th, 2007, 02:07 PM