Can someone i d this snake?

Asked August 23, 2019, 5:49 PM EDT

Found this tiny guy in my backyard. He was bright red. I picked him up and he changed color to dark brown. When I released him , he turned red again.

Guilford County North Carolina

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The photograph you sent is somewhat out of focus when I attempt to enlarge it, but this looks like a Brownsnake, scientific name Storeria dekayi. It is a nonvenomous species.

Typical length of adults is 9 - 12 inches. Maximum length is approximately 18 inches. They are common in many eastern and southeastern states. They are found in a variety of habitats. They are commonly found by homeowners under mulch, pine straw and leaf litter, where they spend their time looking for prey.

They feed on insects, insect larvae, slugs, snails and earthworms.

Here's a link to the Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina webpage where you can find out more about this species:

I hope this answers your question, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.