Storeria victa, 24 April 2016

Storeria victa, the Florida brown snake;
Lake county, Florida (24 April 2016).

Averaging less than a foot in length as adults, the Florida brown snake, Storeria victa, is a common (yet uncommonly seen) species. This non-venomous snake spends much of its time hidden under surface debris such as logs, leaf litter, and rocks. It preys mostly on earthworms, snails, and slugs. In Lake county, I often find Florida brown snakes in my mother’s backyard, as I did this one. Despite her rambunctious dogs, the Florida browns continues to scratch out a decent living on her property — probably because they’re so good at hiding just beneath plain sight.

Learn more about the Florida brown snake.

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