Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
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THREATENED SPECIES IN KANSAS
Length in Kansas up to 12 inches.
Found only in forested areas of extreme eastern Kansas, from Atchison County in the
north to Cherokee County in the south.
Harmless. Scales keeled. Body may be gray, brown, reddish brown, brownish yellow or
blue black. Belly generally red, but can be yellow, black, orange or pink. Head darker
than body, nape of neck has three light spots, often forming a collar. Young generally
look like adults.
Inhabits moist forests, hiding under logs, rocks and leaf litter. This snake
is active from March to October and breeds in spring and fall. An average of 8 young per
litter are born in late summer or early autumn. Eats earthworms, slugs and land snails.
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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