Redbelly Snakes
Storeria occipitomaculata

Family: Natricidae - Harmless Live-Bearing Snakes

Typical Adult Size: 8 to 10 inches

Reproduction: live bearing

Eye Pupil: round

Dorsal Scales: keeled

Anal Scale: divided

SC Range Map

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Redbelly Snakes are small brown or gray snakes of our woodlands. Average adult size is in the range of 8 to 10 inches. These snakes have bright red or orange bellies. Their backs may have four dark lines and/or a lighter midback stripe. They eat slugs, earthworms, and soft-bodied insects. They are live bearing (that is, the female retains the eggs within her body until time to hatch.)

There are two subspecies found is South Carolina. The Northern (occipitomaculata) subspecies may occur in pure form in the northwestern portion of the state. Throughout the remainder of the state, Redbellys are probable intergrades with the Florida (obscura) subspecies.

Additional Images:

Redbelly Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata
young adult, approx. 5 inches, Laurens Co., SC
young adult, face, Laurens Co., SC
brown adult, Berkeley Co., SC
brown adult, Berkeley Co., SC
gray adult, Berkeley Co., SC
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June 23, 2010
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