Found throughout Kansas except the High Plains.
Harmless. Scales keeled. Color can vary from light yellowish brown, gray,
reddish-brown, to dark brown. Light gray or brown stripe down center of back, bordered by
two rows of black, brown or dark gray spots. Belly can be creamcolored, pinkish or yellow.
Top of head is dark, with two large black spots on either side of neck behind angle of
jaw. Young look like adults, but are darker.
Prefers moist environments of forests, woodland edge, swamps and floodplains.
Active late March-October, breeds in spring or fall and gives birth from late
July-September to an average of 12 young per litter. Feeds on earthworms, slugs and land
snails. Blunt heads and elongate teeth allow Brown and Redbelly Snakes to extract the body
of land snails from their shells.