AppearanceDorsally, it is brown to gray with a lighter center stripe bordered by small black spots; ventrally, it is lighter brown or pink with small black dots at the ends of the ventral scales. Adults usually measure less than 12 inches in total length , but the record total length is 19 3⁄8 inches . It has keeled dorsal scales, and no loreal scale.
NamingThe specific name, ''dekayi'', is in honor of American zoologist James Ellsworth De Kay , who collected the first specimen in Long Island, New York, while the generic name, ''Storeria'', honors zoologist David Humphreys Storer. This is the only North American snake whose binomial is a double honorific - that is, both the generic name and the specific name honor people.There are eight recognized subspecies of ''S. dekayi'', including the nominotypical subspecies.
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi anomala'' Dugès, 1888
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi dekayi'' - northern brown snake
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi limnetes'' Anderson, 1961 - marsh brown snake
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi temporalineata'' Trapido, 1944
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi texana'' Trapido, 1944 - Texas brown snake
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi tropica'' Cope, 1885
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi victa'' O.P. Hay, 1892 - Florida brown snake
⤷ ''Storeria dekayi wrightorum'' Trapido, 1944 - midland brown snake
ReproductionLike other natricine snakes , ''Storeria dekayi'' is an ovoviviparous species.
FoodIt eats earthworms, slugs, snails, and most other small invertebrates.
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