Is this a Brown Snake?

StatikStepz

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I went "field herping" the other day... In my front yard, lol. I was trying to catch a Cuban Knight Anole that I saw in one of the bushes... The Anole got away, but I came across this little guy. Didn't know what forum to put him under, but I know he is not a Python or Boa, so I put him here. I know the snake is brown in color, but I think it's called a "Brown Snake"...? Any thoughts?



 

snowgyre

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It's definitely not a brown snake (Storeria dekayi). That actually looks like a pine woods snake (Rhadinaea flavilata). Do you have a lot of pines around your neighborhood? Very little is known about these snakes habits in the wild, and we're not even sure how common this species is or how it is distributed. Nice find! Just be sure to return it where you found it. ;-)
 

Gregg M

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It's definitely not a brown snake (Storeria dekayi). That actually looks like a pine woods snake (Rhadinaea flavilata).
I would have to agree with this ID... You will not find Storeria dekayi in Fl but you can find Storeria victais... Storeria victais are much duller and do have some slight striping down the dorsal...

Rhadinaea flavilata are mildly venomous... They are a rear fanged colubrid... They eat lizards, frogs, insects, and sometimes other snakes... It was most likely hunting the same prey you were that day... LOL
 

StatikStepz

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Thanks! I looked up images of a Pine Woods Snake, and that's what it appears to be! Thanks guys! I will release him a little further away from my house, and put him in a little bit more of a wooded area, where he won't be disturbed.

Vanessa, as far as you asking me if I have alot of wooded areas around my house, yes, there are alot in my area, but not exactly where my house is... so i think he ventured a little out of his domain! I got the perfect location to relase him tho!
 

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Well, you got one up on me, that's a species I haven't seen yet, although I looked for them down at the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia. So yeah, I'm jealous!
 

StatikStepz

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Well, you got one up on me, that's a species I haven't seen yet, although I looked for them down at the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia. So yeah, I'm jealous!
Well, i'm sure you didn't find one for a reason... they are so tiny and thin, and blend in perfectly with the ground. Only reason I saw this guy is because I moved a rock, and he/she was under it all coiled up.
 
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