Brown Snake or DeKay's Snake
Wisconsin status: common
length: 8-15 inches
This short, thick-bodied snake is gray or light brown and is marked with a light stripe down the middle of its back. The stripe is bordered on both sides with two rows of small dark spots. (Can you see them in the picture?) It's belly is white or light pink with dark spots along the edges of the belly scales.
This common brown snake likes to live in the surface litter (like leaves) of many habitats. You can find it in oak savannas, prairies, southern lowland hardwoods, marshes, old field, and under trash in vacant city lots.
Slugs, earthworms and snails are the preferred food of this common Wisconsin snake.