Road kill pic2 shows orange under belly
The snake had a dark brown dorsal side and a bright orange ventral side. Bright orange ring around its neck. Scales on its head were distinctly different from scales on its body. It was relatively small, probably less than 6 inches long.
Although the same species as the previous snake found, there is a clear difference in size, development, as well as color around the neck. The color here is a pale yellow color rather than a bright orange. Looking at the hand to reference the size, you can see how small it really is!
This snake is extremely thin and was found under a rock. The underside is a very bright orange. You can compare it to the picture on my inaturalist, a snake of this same species (but in its infancy) with a slightly different coloration.
Found in a wooded area composed of some tall grasses, leaf litter, and large rocks.
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,...