Carolina? What is this snake?

Asked May 7, 2020, 7:13 PM EDT

in South carolina

York County South Carolina

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The snake in your photograph is a brown snake, scientific name Storeria dekayi. Brown snakes are non-venomous.

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.

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

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

Jim