Northern Brown Snake
Location: My backyard – Geauga County, Ohio USA
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ28
Adult body length: 9 – 13 inches
Body length at birth: 2¾ – 5 inches
Breeding period: spring and fall; young born June to September
Young per year: 3 – 31
Typical foods: earthworms, slugs, snails
In Ohio, the Northern Brown Snake interbreeds with the Midland Brown Snake producing an intergrade that often has the combined characteristics of both parents.
This snake lives in moist to wet areas in woodland, prairies, marshes, and in the margins of swamps, bogs and ponds. In areas of human habitation it sometimes occurs in vacant lots and gardens.
Large numbers of the Northern Brown Snake often hibernate together during the winter. During mild weather they are diurnal, while in warm weather they are nocturnal. These are secretive snakes that hide under flat rocks, logs and trash.