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Northern Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata)

Red-bellied Snake
Photo by Victor Young

NH Conservation Status: Not listed

 

State Rank Status: Widespread and secure

 

Distribution: Found throughout NH

 

Description: A small snake measuring 8-10 inches, brown or gray body surface and a plain red belly. May or may not have 3 white nape spots.

 

Commonly Confused Species: Garter snakes, ringneck snakes. Young may be confused with brown snakes.

 

Habitat: Found in a variety of areas including moist or dry woodlands, upland fields, shorelines, swamps, and sphagnum bogs. Redbelly snakes use a variety of cover objects including woody debris, rocks, and human trash and debris piles. Eats mostly slugs and snails.

 

Life History: Gives birth to live young during late summer and fall. Hibernates underground in holes or abandoned anthills.

 

Conservation Threats: Species is secure.

 

Distribution map: View a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH PDF Document

 

Red-bellied Snake
Photo by Mike Marchand

 

Red-bellied Snake
Photo by Mike Marchand

Red-bellied Snake
Photo by Victor Young