Florida Snake Identification Key

Storeria occipitomaculata obscuraRedbelly Snake


Scientific name: Storeria occipitomaculata (STORER 1839)

The following will separate the two Redbelly 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:

Light neck spots fuse to form collar; top of head black; central Florida to southern Georgia.

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Your snake could be a Florida Redbelly Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata obscura.

3 light spots on nape of neck; top of head not black; Florida panhandle to southern Canada.

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Your snake could be a Northern Red–Bellied Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata.

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