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DeKay's Brownsnake

Storeria dekayi


A DeKay's brownsnake found in moist woodland during a hike. I really like these guys. Despite their intimating form, they're actually harmless. They prey on inverts such as snails and earthworms. They actually have special jaws that can work snails out of their shells. They don't even bite you when you pick them up their preferred tactic is to flatten themselves. DeKay's brownsnakes are oviparous which is just a big nerd wod for having live babies. They're very unusual snakes. They're also the only snake in North America who's binomial name is a double honorific. Storeria comes from David Humphreys Storer and dekayi comes from James Ellsworth De Kay. De Kay was the one who collected the first specimen of the species.


Eastern half the US down into Texas.

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