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Photo of a flat-headed snake held in someone’s hands

Flat-Headed Snake

Tantilla gracilis
The flat-headed snake is found in the southern half of the state except the far southeastern corner. The general color of this small snake is tan, gray brown, or reddish brown. The head sometimes is slightly darker than the rest of the body or is black, and the belly is salmon pink.

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Photo of a flat-headed snake held in someone’s hands

Flat-Headed Snake

The flat-headed snake is found in the southern half of the state except the far southeastern corner. The general color of this small snake is tan, gray brown, or reddish brown. The head sometimes is slightly darker than the rest of the body or is black, and the belly is salmon pink.

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Graham's Crayfish Snake

Regina grahamii
This medium-sized, dull-colored, semiaquatic snake is known from prairie streams, marshes, and ponds. Like most other snakes associated with water, it is often misidentified as a cottonmouth and needlessly killed.

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Great Plains Ratsnake (Great Plains Rat Snake)

Pantherophis emoryi
This member of the ratsnake group is seldom seen. It has numerous brown blotches along the body, a brown eye stripe, and a spearpoint marking on top of the head.

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Happy to See Black Rat Snakes

As I opened our garage door yesterday, a young black rat snake about 2 feet long was rudely awakened from where it lay stretched out along the floor.

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Lined Snake

Tropidoclonion lineatum
This small, secretive snake looks similar to a garter snake. It is mainly brown to grayish brown, with three lighter-colored stripes down the length of its body and a distinctive double row of half-moon-shaped markings along the belly.

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Massasauga (Massasauga Rattlesnake)

Video of a massasauga in the wild.

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Massasauga (Massasauga Rattlesnake; Eastern Massasauga)

Sistrurus catenatus
This shy, reclusive, nonaggressive rattlesnake used to live in floodplain wetlands of the Mississippi, Missouri and Grand rivers, but as those wetlands have been drained and destroyed, the massasauga has disappeared with them. Now it is an endangered species.

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midland brownsnake

Midland Brownsnake (Midland Brown Snake)

Storeria dekayi wrightorum
This small, secretive species prefers moist environments. Its color ranges from gray to brown to reddish brown, and there is usually a tan stripe running down the back, bordered by two rows of small brown spots. The top of the head is usually dark.

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