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Description(physical description of your organism: size, weight, color, special markings etc...)

The brown snake is brown to gray with a lighter center stripe bordered by small black spots, ventrally it is lighter brown or pink with small black dots at the ends of the ventral scales.

Habitat(where your organism can be found in or around the lake)

The Brown Snake can be found in a variety of habitats, from forest to prairie to floodplains, uplands, plowed fields and even in vacant city lots, as long as there is a lot of space and food.

Predators and Prey(what your organism eats and what eats it)

The snake eats worms, slugs, snails and other small bugs.

Since they are so small, Brown Snakes are also easy prey for many animals, including other snakes, birds, mammals, large toads, and spiders.

Native or Invasive (if invasive (non-native), when and how did it get into or around the lake)

Can't find

Form vs. Function (how does your organism’s form (body structure) help it to function (survive)

the long skinny shape helps it slither fast and go through tiny spaces.

Interesting Facts (such as: special adaptations and/or behaviiors that help your organism to survive)

Breeds through spring and fall.

The Redbelly Snake looks like the Brown Snake from above.

Resources (provide proper documentation of all resources used, including links)
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  1. Lake Champlain Basin Program, Retrieved October 21, 2012, from