What Kind Of Snake Is Brown With Orange Stripe Down Back?


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A brown snake with an orange stripe down its back is likely to be an Eastern Black-Neck Garter Snake. It is best to check with a professional in order to determine the definite species though.

The male of these snakes can reach 12 to 18 inches long and the females up to 3 or 4 feet. The stripe down its back is often bright orange, so can easily be seen.

The good news is that Garter and Ribbon snakes are not venomous. They can be usually found around lakes and rivers as their prey is fish and frogs, but they sometimes eat mice too.

These snakes with an orange stripe also often have velvet black areas on their neck, and the young ones can be green or yellow with regards to their background colour. They still show both the bright orange strip and black spots though, so it is easier to recognise.

There are many guides online that can help you to determine the exact species of a snake you are looking for. A simple search on Google can bring up various websites, which offer help on this, but some examples are and

You could also visit a snake expert or reptile centre that may be able to help you find out the species. The online guides are often free though, and let you look through at your own leisure by searching through different criteria, such as background colour of the snake and any foreground or distinctive features included on it.

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