University of Massachusetts Amherst

Snake of Massachusetts

Small Brown Snakes

Is the Snake...

  • Shiny brown with smooth scales, pink belly, tapered head and tail, and small eyes; prefers sandy soil; rare; Southern Connecticut Valley (7-11", up to 13")? (If Yes, click here)
  • Small and brown with keeled scales? (If Yes continue below:)
  • Grayish brown to dark brown with cream to pink belly and rows of small dark spots on back and belly; common in residential areas (9-13", up to 20")? (If Yes, click here)
  • Gray or brown with orange or red (rarely yellow) belly and three light spots around the neck; usually found in moist woodlands or near wetlands; moderately common (8-10", up to 16")? (If Yes, click here)
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