Storeria dekayi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Natricidae

Scientific Name: Storeria dekayi (Holbrook, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Brownsnake, Brown Snake
Taxonomic Notes: The subspecies victa of peninsular Florida is treated as a species by some authors.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-05-10
Assessor(s): Hammerson, G.A., Mendoza-Quijano, F. & Lee, J.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species' range extends in North America from southern Maine, southern Quebec, southern Ontario, Michigan, Minnesota, and northeastern South Dakota south to southern Florida (including the Lower Keys, Lazell 1989), the United States Gulf coast, and through eastern and southern Mexico to Veracruz and Oaxaca and from Chiapas to Honduras (Christman 1982). The southern portion of the distribution is more patchy.
Countries occurrence:
Canada; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; United States
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Population [top]

Population:This species is represented by a very large number (hundreds) of occurrences or subpopulations (see map in Christman 1982). The total adult population size is unknown but undoubtedly far exceeds 100,000. This snake is locally abundant (up to hundreds per hectare) in many areas. Its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, number of subpopulations, and the population are probably relatively stable.
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This snake occurs in nearly all terrestrial and wetland habitat types in its range, including cities. Habitats in Mexico include cloud forest and tropical deciduous forest. Usually it inhabits moist situations, but it is not an aquatic species. It often occurs under debris or logs; frequently among water hyacinths in Florida. Hibernation sites (often communal) are underground or beneath buildings and other structures.
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is not utilized or traded to any significant degree.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. This snake tolerates a high level of habitat disturbance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Many occurrences of this species are in protected areas.

Citation: Hammerson, G.A., Mendoza-Quijano, F. & Lee, J. 2013. Storeria dekayi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T63928A3131331. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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