Dekay's Brown Snake




Scientific name: Storeria dekayi (HOLBROOK 1836)

The following key will separate the two Dekay's Brown Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

1a No light band across head, 17 scale rows. 2
2a Horizontal dark line on side of head behind eye; no dark lines cross back; extreme western Florida panhandle, through Louisiana to Texas. Marsh Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi limnetes
2b No dark line behind eye, numerous dark lines cross back; northern peninsular Florida and eastern Florida panhandle north to Indiana and Illinois. Midland Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi wrightorum

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