Snake type

Asked October 8, 2018, 9:09 PM EDT

What kind of snake is this? Found in Ashville NC kinda smashed sorry lol

North Carolina

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The snake is pretty mashed up, but I believe this is a brown snake, scientific name (Storeria dekayi). It is a non-venomous species.

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 the Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina website's page for this species:

http://herpsofnc.org/brown-snake/

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

Jim