Saturday, October 24, 2015

Red-bellied Snake

During a 20 October 2015 hike in the Carleton College arboretum, Erika and I surprised a Red-bellied Snake. They breed in the spring, but give birth in the late summer. Unfortunately we did not flip it over to see its pink belly. But we did notice the reddish spots on the side and top right behind the head.

These snakes are small and nonvenomous. This one was about half the size of a fully grown, ten-inch adult. They eat slugs, insects, and worms (MNDNR). They spend the winter in burrows in ant mounds, between rocks, and stone foundations. They may share these burrows with other snake species.

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