Brown Snake or De Kay’s Snake (Storeria dekayi) in my backyard

I was doing my first mowing of the year and thankfully I had it set as high as it would go (grass was tall in a few places, wet everywhere) because i did not see this little guy until he disappeared under the mower.  Luckily he reemerged unscathed but vary wary of me.  I pondered the identification and finally asked Jeremy Chamberlain.

unidentified snake Little Rock March 2015 2268

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