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Queen Snake

Queen Snake
Regina septemvittata

Image of queen snakeDescription

A slender gray or brown snake with a whitish or yellow stripe on each side of the body. Three narrow black stripes may be visible on the back. The light-colored belly has four dark lengthwise stripes.

Adult Length:

15 to 36 inches.

Habitat and Habits

Queen Snakes occur in or near shallow streams, canals, or ponds, and often bask in shrubs hanging over the water. They feed almost entirely on crayfish, especially crayfish that have recently molted.


From 6 to 20 young are born alive in late summer.

Range and Status

Found in the southern two-thirds of the Lower Peninsula. Queen snakes are generally rare and local in Michigan.


James Harding
MSU Museum
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-7978