what kind of snake is it .is it a baby rattle snake?

Asked July 28, 2015, 8:52 PM EDT

Jackson county wi in my wood pile what kind of snake is this

Jackson County Wisconsin

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. This is not a baby rattlesnake. This is a Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi). It is a non-venomous species. There are two subspecies of brown snake in Wisconsin. The Texas Brown Snake (S. dekayi texana) occurs in western Wisconsin and the Midlands Brown Snake (S. dekayi wrightorum) occurs in the eastern part of the state.

This species is common in many areas of the United States. It is often found under cover such as mulch, pine needles, logs, rocks and boards. They are also frequently found in flower beds. They feed primarily on earthworms, slugs and snails. They give birth to live young in the summer. Litter sizes range from 4 - 25 young.

Typical length is 9 - 11 inches, but maximum length can be slightly over 12 inches.

Here's a link to a publication by Wisconsin DNR that provides information about snakes in your state:
http://www.uncledavesenterprise.com/file/wisconsin/snakes/Snakes%20of%20Wisconsin.pdf

and here's a link to a publication on Wisconsin snakes published by the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension:
http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/g3139.pdf

Hope this answers your question, and thanks for using Ask an Expert.

Jim

Thank you that makes me feel much better my kods are safe.

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Jim