Arkansas Wildlife: Midland Brown Snake

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Family

Colubridae (nonvenomous snakes) in the order Squamata (lizards and snakes)

Description

The midland brown snake is a small, secretive species that prefers a moist environment. It is a close relative of the northern red-bellied snake. The general color is gray-brown to reddish-brown, with a white or yellowish belly. Its back has a distinct tan stripe bordered by two rows of small, dark brown spots; the spots normally are joined by small lines across the tan stripe. The top of the head is usually dark.

Size

9 to 13 inches