Florida Snake Identification Key

sdekayilimnetes-rb.jpgDekay's Brown Snake


Scientific name: Storeria dekayi (HOLBROOK 1836)

The following will separate the two Dekay's Brown Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

Select the box below that is the closest match to your snake:

Horizontal dark line on side of head behind eye; no dark lines cross back; extreme western Florida panhandle, through Louisiana to Texas.

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Your snake could be a Marsh Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi limnetes.

No dark line behind eye, numerous dark lines cross back; northern peninsular Florida and eastern Florida panhandle north to Indiana and Illinois.

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Your snake could be a Midland Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi wrightorum.

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