Really tried to convince me it was dead. :-)
Neck ring was faint/less obvious - does this matter? Subspecies ID based on range map: http://www.californiaherps.com/identification/snakesid/ringnecks.id.html
Flipped under a rock. Batrachoseps found under nearby cover.
Snake's head was in the hole. body not moving, seemed dead.
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,...