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Western Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus)
Western Ringneck Snake - not sure what subspecies this is ??
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WESTERN RINGNECK SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Western Ringneck Snake is a small, slender snake. The body is olive, brownish, blue-grey or green on top with a yellow or orange neck band. The underside is yellow-orange, becoming coral towards the tail with conspicuous black spots often forming rows. The head is dark. Juveniles are similar to adults with darker color above. The male has tubercles on the scales above the vent.
Northwestern Ring-necked Snake
length 26-41 cm
wet meadows, rocky hillsides, farmland, grassland, coniferous forests, mixed woodlands. Usually found under rocks, logs, bark
The Western Ringneck Snake eats salamanders, tadpoles, small frogs, small snakes, lizards, worms, slugs, and insects.
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.
Found in Oregon, southern Washington, parts of Idaho, northern California coast
The Ringneck Snake is a gentle species that is easily handled. It often coils its tail into a corkscrew shape.
Relatives in same Genus
Northern Ringneck Snake (D. punctatus edwardsii)
Regal Ringneck Snake (D. punctatus regalis)