Classification
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All Names

  • French
    • couleuvre à collier
  • English
    • Ringneck Snake
    • ring-necked snake
  • Scientific Names
    • Diadophis punctatus
    • Ablabes punctatus
    • Calamaria punctata
    • Coluber punctatus
    • Diadophis amabilis
    • Diadophis blanchardi
    • Diadophis pulchellus
    • Diadophis punctatus docilis
    • Homalosoma punctata
    • Natrix punctatus
  • German
    • Halsbandnatter
    • Ringhalsnatter
  • Spanish
    • Culebra de collar
    • Culebra de panza roja

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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annyperalta

Date

May 16, 2007

Description

Observation by Sula Vanderplank

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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denniswross

Date

April 22, 2015

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Regal Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus ssp. regalis

Date

April 28, 2013

Description

Regal Ringneck Snake
A true beauty! The dorsum of ringnecks vary quite a bit among subspecies from blueish to grayish to light brown to greenish-slate-gray. A golden ring around the neck gives them their name although in some subspecies, such as in this specimen (D. punctatus regalis) the ring may be absent altogether or barely marked. The abdomen is a most impressive orange-yellow which turn to a bright orange-red toward the posterior. The abdomen may also present several black spots (mostly occur in subspecies). So beautiful!
Habitat:

This specimen was found in the Trans-Pecos region of the Chihuahuan desert in an open relatively flat desert area dominated by creosote.

This was a very exciting find because this is a species that prefers moist habitats but was found in the very dry Chihuahuan desert. Though, it had emerged after some sporadic heavy rainfall. They are an incredibly beautiful subspecies and remains my favorite snake species of the region.

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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lepalot

Date

March 17, 2012

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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travisdimler

Date

October 2, 2014 12:00 PM CDT

Description

Whopper

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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travisdimler

Date

September 9, 2014 08:44 AM CDT

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Northern Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus ssp. edwardsii

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timcole

Date

April 18, 2015 10:34 AM EDT

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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williskari_112

Date

April 19, 2015

Description

Black snake with a solid yellow ring around neck

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Prairie Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus ssp. arnyi

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treeder86

Date

April 19, 2015

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Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus) Diadophis punctatus

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amterry3

Date

April 19, 2015 12:15 PM EDT

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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raulagrait

Date

April 18, 2015 04:03 PM PDT

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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tchristensen

Date

April 17, 2015
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Description from Wikipedia

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,...

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Conservation Summary

Source: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/spatial-data. Downloaded March 2011.