Red-bellied Snake Storeria occipitomaculata

Non-venomous

Description: 8 - 10 inches. Red-bellied snakes vary in color from dark shades of gray or brown to lighter rusty red or cinnamon color. There are three light spots on the neck, and a wide stripe down the center of the back that is a lighter color than the sides. The belly is, as the name implies, usually bright red, but may be orange or pink.

Similar Species: None.

Status: None.

Comment: Often near areas with moist soils, red-bellied snakes may be found crossing roads and trails in the spring and fall, or by looking under rocks, logs, and other debris.

Distribution Map
Distribution map of Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)

County level distribution of this species in North Dakota. Map generated from data collected from voucher specimens and photographic records.

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