The Texas brown snake (Storeria dekayi texana) is a nonvenomous snake in the Colubridae family, and is a subspecies of Storeria dekayi. Adults and young have reddish brown colored bodies with dark brown spots around the eyes. Adults average 12 inches in length. They feed primarily on slugs and earthworms. They can be found in moist flowerbeds, gardens, and moist woodlands, from eastern Texas to southern Minnesota.[1]

The species is often discussed, but rarely seen. For example, several members of the Abercreek Conservation Society have discussed a few rare sightings of the reptile by local citizens, who professed to have spotted a specimen in their toilet flush basins just prior to activating the flush cycle.

One notable example of an extremely large specimen, some two-and-a-half feet in length, was once circulated virally, but proof of the "Super Hog"-sized specimen has since vanished, and the story passed into legend. This is contrary to the smaller or more minute subspecies of the Texas brown snake. The smaller subspecies, also known as the "Joshua snake," is primarily found and handled by small children and teenagers playing in their back yards or wooded areas near their homes, as the brown snake can find refuge there from larger predators.


  1. Conant, Roger.1975.A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America.Houghton Mifflin.Boston.

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