Description: 9 - 13 inches. Brown Snakes are generally brown in color and may have a checkered pattern. There is a faint stripe down the back that has two rows of spots running down both sides of it. These dots may be connected by a dark line to form bars. The belly is usually light gray or cream colored, but may have a slight pink hue.
Similar Species: Red-bellied Snakes may be similar in appearance, but lack the rows of spots running down the stripe on the back and have red or occasionally orange belly.
Comments: Most often observed along the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.