De Kay's Brown Snake
Storeria dekayn

Photo courtesy Cecil Searcy, 2012

The Brown Snake is native to Southern Ontario and Quebec, most of the eastern half of the United States, through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and possibly El Salvador. Dorsally it is brown to gray with a lighter center stripe bordered by small black spots; ventrally it is lighter brown or pink with small black dots at the ends of the ventral scales. Adults usually measure less than 12 inches, but the record size is 20 inches. It has keeled dorsal scales, and no loreal scale. The tiny snake is harmless to humans. The Brown Snake diet consists of snails, slugs, and worms - a nice little fellow to have around in the garden.