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 Northern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)




Northern Ringneck Snake | Diadophis punctatus-edwardsii photo
Diadophis punctatus edwardsii on Goat Island, Niagara Falls State Park

Photograph by IvanTortuga. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

NORTHERN RINGNECK SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Northern Ringneck Snake is gray to bluish black above with a flat black head. The neck ring and underside color varies from yellowish to reddish. The belly is unmarked or has a row of dark, half-moon-shaped spots along its length. The juvenile has a velvety black back and black head. It will twist and raise its tail like a corkscrew when threatened.

Size
length 25cm - 40cm

Environment
The Northern Ringneck Snake is found in moist woodland, edges of farmland. It prefers areas with rotting logs, old stumps, loose bark, leaf litter to provide hiding places

Food
feeds on insects, earthworms, small snakes, small lizards, salamanders and frogs.

Breeding
Lays two to ten whitish eggs under rocks or in rotting logs in June or early July. Eggs hatch after 6-7 weeks. Several clusters may be laid together in a communal nest. The young hatch in late summer.

Range
eastern North American from Canada to Kentucky

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Diadophis
Species:punctatus edwardsii
Common Name:Northern Ringneck Snake


Relatives in same Genus
  Western Ringneck Snake (D. punctatus)