Field Guide to Maryland's Snakes (Order Squamata)
Sub-order Serpentes, Family Colubridae
Storeria d. dekayi
Photo of Adult Northern Brownsnake courtesy of Scott A. Smith
9 - 13 inches. Record - 19⅜ inches.
Photo of Adult Northern Brownsnake courtesy of John White
Photo of Juvenile Northern Brownsnake courtesy of John White
Any type of moist (mesic) woods, grasslands, bogs, swamps, freshwater marshes, old fields, urban parks and backyards.
How to Find
A secretive nocturnal species. Look under any coarse woody debris and trash on field-woodland and wetland edges. This is a non-venomous species that is gentle when handled.
Photo of Habitat for Northern Brownsnake courtesy of Andy Becker
Distribution in Maryland
Found throughout Maryland including urban areas.
- Discover Maryland's Herps
- Maryland Herp History
- Maryland Herp Checklist
- Survey Techniques, Collecting Ethics, Safety and the Law
- Problems with Buying Frogs and Tadpoles for Wild Release
- Technical Guide: A Key to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Maryland - 86.3 MB pdf file
- Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project
- Natural Heritage Program
- Wildlife & Heritage Home
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