Photo by Jeff LeClere -
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.
Adults 10- 14 inches (25 – 36 cm)
Earthworms, slugs, small salamanders, and lizards
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.
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.
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
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| Patterned | Solid |
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