Ringneck Snake


10"-30" long, a small slender snake with yellow or orange neck ring and a bright yellow or orange belly.  Back is dark brownish or black, belly is frequently marked with spots.  Ringnecks are found throughout the eastern U.S. and through the lower Great Plains into the southwestern deserts; there are also disjunct populations in the west.  Many subspecies.  They typically live in moist habitats, for example in this area living near ponds, streams, marshes, etc.  These snakes are very secretive.  They partially constrict their prey, which includes earthworms, small salamanders, lizards, and small snakes.  Some subspecies are known to coil the tail and elevate it to display the bright underside when threatened.