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DeKay's Brownsnake Storeria dekayi

A short brown to gray snake with a fine line along the center bordered by black spots, native to Quebec, feeding on worms, snails and slugs. It is a non-venomous snake.



Common Names

GermanDe Kay Braunschlange
EnglishDeKay's Brownsnake
FrenchCouleuvre brune de DeKay
SpanishCulebra parda De Kay


SpeciesStoreria dekayi

How to Identify

Smaller than other snakes like Common Garter snake, brown-grey with black spots.

DeKays Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi) - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2019-05-06

Where and When to Spot

I spotted this species only once at the left entrance to Park Pointe aux Prairies in spring. DeKay's brownsnake is on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Last updated on 2023-12-15. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.