The Red-Bellied Snake
Storeria occipitomaculata

These attractive little red-bellied snakes (Storeria occipitomaculata) were found under some rocks right where an open field meets the edge of the forest. These snakes are closely related to the brown snake (Storeria dekayi), and may sometimes be mistaken for small garter snakes.

Red bellied snake on blue background, being held in hand

close view of red-bellied snake on rock

Here is a shot of the habitat. Under some of the same rocks were ringneck snakes.

rocky habitat where red bellied snakes were found

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
email contact: mfbenard -{at}- gmail dot com

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