Redbelly Snake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission

Redbelly Snake
Storeria occipitomaculata

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State Status:

  • Range: Kansas range map for Redbelly Snake
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
  • Comments: The redbelly snake is named for its bright, red-orange belly which sometimes is pale yellow or jet black. There are three pale spots on the nape of its neck. The adult is only 8-12 inches long. This snake is found in extreme eastern Kansas where it inhabits the leaf litter of woodland habitat. It feeds primarily on earthworms, slugs and snails. The female redbelly snake will give birth to 5-10 young that are 3-4 inches long. This snake will sometimes curl back its upper lip on one or both sides of its mouth when startled.
  • Read more about this species in The Snake's Burrow!

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