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Northern Red-Bellied Snake

Storeria occipitomaculata

Description:

Small grey snake with bright with light brown stripe down the middle of its back and bright orange underbelly. Found in a pile of firewood.

Notes:

Found in firewood thats was under a rubber tarp. Eyes were a bluish color, may have been about to shed.

1 Species ID Suggestions

wonju.brian
wonju.brian 10 years ago
northern red-bellied snake
Storeria occipitomaculata Redbelly Snake - North Carolina


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6 Comments

AshleyAkers
AshleyAkers 10 years ago

oh wow I had no idea they were difficult to find. I figured it was some kind of grass snake. In the wood pile where we found this guy was another one (we had seen its head) but we never managed to catch it.

MitchRay
MitchRay 10 years ago

I'm a big fan of Red-bellied Snakes. I agree with Michael 100% about them being difficult to find

MichaelFulbright
MichaelFulbright 10 years ago

The only time I caught one was when I did a herp survey in West Tennessee. First site I went to, 3rd cover object I lifted, and there were two of them. I couldn't believe it.

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 10 years ago

Really great spotting. The only ones I've ever seen have been roadkill :(

MichaelFulbright
MichaelFulbright 10 years ago

Oh, Just read your notes. The reason the eyes are bluish is because when they shed, there is actually a scale covering their eye that they shed along with their skin.

MichaelFulbright
MichaelFulbright 10 years ago

Very cool! Those are hard to come by, how did you find it? Flipping logs?

AshleyAkers
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AshleyAkers

West Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 10, 2011
Submitted on Jul 13, 2011

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