Storeria occipitomaculata (Storer) – Red-bellied Snake
Storeria occipittomaculata (Storer) – Red-bellied Snake

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Legend
     Exact locality, based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Exact locality, based on literature record believed valid
     Approximate locality based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Approximate locality based on literature record believed valid
     County record only, based on specimens or photographs examined
     County record only, based on literature report believed valid
     Type locality
?      Questionable and/or problematic record

 

Taxonomy: Of three recognized subspecies (Crother et al. 2012) of Red-bellied Snake, S. o. occipitomaculata (Northern Red-bellied Snake) occurs across most of Tennessee.  Intergradient populations with S. o. obscura (Florida Red-bellied Snake) occur in the most southwestern counties (Conant and Collins 1998). 

Distribution:  Scattered records exist for counties throughout most of Tennessee, but conspicuous voids in the distribution are evident across all of the state. 

Museum Records by Counties: Blount—GSMNP 4076, 4077, 4079, 4083, 4086; LSUMZ 34794; USNM 180248, 466054.  Campbell—USNM RH 85-202; UTKVZC 6742.  Cheatham—APSU 3545, 19280.  Chester—AUM 10397.  Coffee—APSU 17674; MTSU 86S, 124S.  Cumberland—CMNH 66252; TTU 482, 527, 688.  Decatur—KU 2471.  DeKalb—SIUC uncataloged (1 specimen).  Dickson—APSU 2329, 2731, 3151.  Franklin—APSU 18211.  Grundy—APSU 19001.  HamiltonAPSU 19617.  Hancock—APSU 19145.  Hardeman—APSU 16883, 16890, 16891; UMMZ 98904.  Haywood—APSU 18239.  Houston—APSU 4337, 6054.  Jackson—APSU 19366.  Knox—UTKVZC 3476, 3477.  McMinn—USNM 21133. McNairyAPSU 19176.  Monroe—USNM 177627, 187627, UTKVZC 6655.  Montgomery—APSU 2081, 3012, 3587, 5693.  Moore—USNM RH76-031.  Morgan—TTU 586.  Perry—APSU 12237, 12572.  Pickett— UTKVZC 6577.  Polk—FLMNH 118112; MTSU 82S.  Putnam—TTU uncataloged (1 specimen).  Roane—APSU 18920.  Scott—FLMNH 118111.  Sevier—GSMNP 4085; USNM 120117.  Shelby—APSU 12244.  Stewart—APSU 377, 379, 585, 822, 4943, 5172, 5552, 5730, 5835-5838, 18072.  Wayne—AMNH R-123857.  Williamson—APSU 19345.   

Literature Sources by Counties: Anderson—Jenkins et al. (2001).  Benton—Parker (1948).  Blount—King (1939), Huheey and Stupka (1967).  Cannon—Miller (2013c).  Cheatham—Smith (2009), Hopkins (2013) Coffee—Miller et al. (2005), Neimiller (2005).  Cumberland—Cope (1900).  Decatur—Trapido (1944).  Franklin—McCrady and Rodarmor (1967), Cameron and McCrady (1978).  Grundy—Cantrell et al. (2011).  Hamilton—Ennen et al. (2016).  Hancock—Daniels et al. (2012).  Hardeman—Gentry (1956), Norton (1971), Norton and Harvey (1975).  Henry—Gentry (1956).   Jackson—Bailey (2013).  McNairyNelson et al. (2012).  MontgomeryScott (1967), Scott and Snyder (1968), Fitch (1998).   Overton—DeLotelle (1976).  Roane—Johnson (1964).   Scott—Shoup and Peyton (1940).  Sevier—Huheey and Stupka (1967). Shelby—Hassell (1961).  StewartZirkle (1993), Rozelle (1999), Davenport (2005), Davenport and Scott (2009).  Williamson—Foster et al. (2013). 

Questionable and/or Erroneous Records: In the catalog at the U. S. National Museum there is an entry for a specimen (USNM No. 2140) from Tyree Springs in Sumner County.  During our visit, we were unable to find the specimen in the collection and it has apparently been lost. Because we could not verify the data with a specimen, we chose not to plot this locality on the distribution map for the species and excluded Sumner County from our list of counties for which specimens have been examined (see above). 

Conservation Status: None.

Posted: 23 July 2009

Latest Revision: 14 November 2016


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