Juvenile southern ringneck snake, 5-6 inches long, diadophis punctatus, on the sidewalk at my house, tried to pick it up but it fled into the flower bed
Very slim snake. Dark gray head separated from slate gray body by thin orange band. Orange belly visible as it turned to slide off the trail.
The ring-necked snake or ringneck snake, Diadophis punctatus, is a species of colubrid snake found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and southeastern Canada. Ring-necked snakes are secretive, nocturnal snakes, so are rarely seen during the day time. They are slightly venomous, but their nonaggressive nature and small, rear-facing fangs pose little threat to humans who wish to handle them. They are best known for their unique defense posture of curling up their tails,...