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The Northern Brown Snake

The northern brown snake, aka De Kay's snake. This small snake, around 6 inches long, was feeling fierce nonetheless.
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The northern brown snake, aka Dekay's snake. This small snake, around 6 inches long, was feeling fierce nonetheless.

This snake is common in backyards in South Carolina. Small, non-venomous, they tolerate people.

Storeria dekayi, commonly known as the brown snake or De Kay's snake, is a small species of snake in the family Colubridae. Seven subspecies are recognized as being valid.

Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.