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We found this tiny snake in the finished part of our basement today. We live in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

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The snake is dark greenish-grayish and has very faint lines running the length of its body. Any idea if it is dangerous/what we should do with it?

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It might be a juvenile lined snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum). The What Snake Is That page for Missouri says they are native. In your photo, I see very faint black stripes with a central tan line, which matches a lined snake. Photos of juveniles seem to be rare though.

Lined snakes grow to about 2 feet long and are non-venomous. According to this natural history page, the only venomous snakes in Missouri are pit vipers (of which 5 are native).

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