Red-bellied Snake

Common Name: 
Red-bellied Snake
Scientific Name: 

Storeria occipitomaculata

Small, Garden Variety Snakes

6-14 inches. Brown or gray above, with two rows of black dots or two or four thin dark lines from head to tail; underside usually red or orange, rarely yellow or dull white; pale spots present on either side of the neck and under each eye; small young have a pale collar; scales keeled and in 15 rows.


Red-bellied snakes tend to stay concealed under leaf litter and surface objects in wooded or forested areas. They give birth to 6-15 young.


Forested portions of Louisiana north of the coastal marshes and swamplands.

Red-bellied Snake
Red-bellied Snake