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Northern Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus edwardsii


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Northern Ringneck Snake
credit: Cody Hough/CCSA

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Family: Colubridae, Colubrid Snakes view all from this family

Description 10-27 11/16" (25.4-70.6 cm). A small slender snake, with a golden-yellow neck ring. Back gray, olive, or brownish, sometimes approaching black. Belly yellow and typically unspotted. Neck ring may be interrupted, obscure, or occasionally absent. Loreal scale present. Scales smooth, in 15-17 rows. Anal plate divided.

Habitat Forest, rocky wooded hillsides.

Range Nova Scotia, south in the Appalachians to n. Georgia and ne. Alabama, west to se. Illinois and the Great Lakes region through Wisconsin.

Discussion Unlike some of the other Ringneck subspecies, the Northern doesn't have red under the tail. Only the red-tailed forms perform the Ringneck "corkscrew coil" defense.