This guy…this guy tugs at the heart strings. This is a Northern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi dekayi). At this size, he is a newborn, and right at the end of the breeding season too! I hope he survives the winter.
Like his Natricine cousin (the garter snake I posted about yesterday), the Northern Brown Snake is ovoviviparous, giving live birth. You may or may not have noticed that I added two syllables at the beginning. It means that the embryos originally develop as eggs, but are born as live snakes. This is necessary for snakes that give live birth because they lack a placenta…the developing embryo relies on the yolk in the egg for nutrients.