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Ringneck Snake
Diadophis punctatus


Photo by Jeff LeClere - www.herpnet.net

 


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)

Eats:
Earthworms, slugs, small salamanders, and lizards

Breeding:
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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