Redbelly Snake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
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Redbelly Snake
Storeria occipitomaculata


  • Size:   Length in Kansas up to 12 inches.

Kansas range map for the Redbelly Snake

Range:   Found only in forested areas of extreme eastern Kansas, from Atchison County in the north to Cherokee County in the south.
  • Description:   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.
  • Habits:   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
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