Snake identification

Asked April 14, 2020, 6:29 PM EDT

Can you please identify this snake. Found near a water source, seems to be a juvenile.

Cobb County Georgia

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. The snake in your photograph is a brown snake, scientific name Storeria dekayi. Most brown snakes in Georgia, except for the extreme southeastern portion of the state, are in the subspecies Storeria dekayi wrightorum, and are commonly referred to as midland brown snakes. It is a non-venomous species.

Typical length of adults is 9 - 12 inches. Maximum length is approximately 20 inches. They are common in many eastern and southeastern states and found throughout Georgia. They are found in a variety of habitats, including both pine and hardwood forests and in dry areas near freshwater. They are also comfortable in urban habitats, and are commonly found by homeowners under mulch, pine straw and leaf litter in yards and gardens.

They feed on insects, insect larvae, spiders, slugs, snails, small amphibians and fish.

Here's a link where you can find additional information on this species:

If you are interested in learning more about the snake species in your area, here are two excellent references:

Gibbons, Whit. (2017). Snakes of the Eastern United States. Athens: The University of Georgia Press.

Jensen, John B., Camp, Carlos D., Gibbons, Whit & Elliott, Matt J. (Eds.). (2008). Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia. Athens: The University of Georgia Press.

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