Brown Snake


Actual Size: Between 10-21 inches.

Characteristics: Often mistaken for copperheads, these nonvenomous snakes lack the classic hourglass pattern found on copperheads. These snakes are brown with two rows of black spots, accompanied by a light stripe down the spine. Juvenile brown snakes have yellowish neck-rings.


  • Brown snakes are very common in urban areas.
  • They are entirely non-venomous.
  • Brown snakes spend a lot of time underground or under leaf litter.
  • They primarily eat slugs, snails, and earthworms.

Brown Snakes in Eastern Tennessee

Unlike the Australian brown snake, North American brown snakes are non-venomous and not particularly dangerous to humans. True to their name, they are brown in color with rows of dark spots and stripes down their backs. They are also on the smaller side, as they grow to be no more than 21 inches long. Brown snakes are often confused for copperheads, which is why so many are killed when seen in suburban areas.

Brown Snake Behaviors

Brown snakes are commonly seen in residential or urban environments, as they prefer to spend time under trash rather than stones and rocks like other snakes. They prefer to venture out at nighttime, hibernate during the winter, and are hunted by birds of prey and even larger snakes. These secretive and shy snakes eat slugs, snails, earthworms, grubs, and beetles.

Brown Snake Control & Prevention

Attempting to remove snakes from your property without the help of professionals can be a very costly mistake. Of course, one of the biggest dangers is that the snake will be venomous, and you or someone else could be bitten during the process. Venomous snakes are fairly rare, but they are present and a pest control expert will be able to correctly identify the species and implement the correct trapping and removal techniques.

There are additional problems that could arise even if you do successfully trap and remove the snake. The appearance of one snake on your property could be a sign that you have a nest elsewhere. The snake removal specialists at Johnson Pest Control can find and eliminate the larger snake problem.

After addressing any existing snake problems within your residential or commercial property, our pest control team will help you to prevent future snake problems. This includes identifying and sealing any areas around your building where snakes could enter and create a nest. We will also provide you with tips that will make your surrounding property less attractive to snakes and other common pests.