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Storeria dekayi texana
has a dark head and 2 distinct black marks at base of head has darker spots down the side that get lighter as they go towards tail. It is hard to tell if in the center it has a stripe or its spots just haven't gotten dark there. It is very aggressive. Will coil and rapidly strike if you put anything near it. But it may just be mad that we caught him.
This snake came out from under our raised garden bed along a fence line. We don't usually have snakes in our yard, but we do back a heavily wooded area.
We kept the snake for a little bit so the kids could watch him and take some pictures. Then we released it back in the woods behind the house.
Spotted on Sep 18, 2012
Submitted on Sep 18, 2012