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 Regal Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus regalis)




Regal Ringneck Snake | Diadophis punctatus-regalis photo
Ringneck Snake

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REGAL RINGNECK SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Regal Ringneck Snake is usually gray with a white or cream underside. The underside has black speckling the underside of the tail tip is bright red or orange. It has a yellow or orange ring around its neck which is usually bordered with black. The Regal Ringneck Snake is one of the largest subspecies of Ringneck Snake. The scales are smooth.

Size
length 20cm - 87cm

Environment
Found in arid regions, wet meadows, rocky hillsides, grassland, coniferous forests, woodlands. Prefers to shelter under rocks or other ground debris

Food
eats mainly other snakes such as the Earth Snake (genus Virginia) and the Flathead Snake (genus Tantilla).

Breeding
Mating occurs throughout the warmer months, with 3 to 10 eggs being laid at a time in a moist, protected area, sometimes in a communal nest with the eggs of several other females.

Range
found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, central Texas, Mexico, eastern Nevada, Utah, south eastern Idaho.

Notes
Not considered dangerous to humans. The Ringneck Snake is a gentle species that is easily handled. It often coils its tail into a corkscrew shape.

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


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