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Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus










     

 

 

NON-VENOMOUS

 

Description:
This snake is easily identified by the yellow to orange ring around its neck, hence its common name. The back is a gray to black color, and the belly is usually yellow, leading into a red-orange color toward the tail. Most belly scales have black spots on them. Its scales are smooth and the anal plate is divided.

Size:
Adults 10 - 14 inches (25 - 36 cm)

Prey:
Earthworms, slugs, small salamanders, and lizards

Reproduction:
Mates in either spring or fall, and clutches of 1 - 10 eggs are laid during the summer in communal nesting sites. Young hatch in about two months and are 4 - 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) long.

Habitat:
Moist areas under rocks, logs, and other debris. They are found in a variety of habitats, such as rocky hillsides, open woods, and treeless prairies.

Other Information:
When disturbed, this snake will coil its tail tightly and flip it over to expose a bright red underside. It sometimes feigns death when handled and may also emit a foul-smelling musk to deter would-be predators.

 

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