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Northern Red-bellied Snake   

Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata

Commonly Confused Native Species:




Size:                  A small sized snake measuring 8 to 11.5 inches in



Color:                Brown or gray dorsum with a red to orange venter. Three

                           light yellow spots appear just behind the head.  Keeled



Behavior:         Occasionally they will flatten out their bodies. They may

                           open their mouths slightly curling their supralabial scales

                           as a defense from predators. When handled they emit an

                           unpleasant smelling musk, very docile, does not bite. 


Habitat:             A variety of higher elevation habitats, from forests to open

                           canopy fields.             


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