Nice one on the trail. Showed it to the runner behind me. She freaked, but didn't drop it.
Found near the trail head of the snake road in LaRue Pine Hills near Grand Tower,IL. I know it's a type of Ring neck but not sure which exact species it is.
Brief description of what you observed
"I photographed this beauty two days ago in my yard in Mount Washington. It was difficult to photograph one handed. I released the snake in my garden in the wood pile." - Daniel Marlos
A more detailed account of Daniel's observation can be found on his blog: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/04/09/san-bernardino-ring-necked-snake-found-mount-washington/
This observation and photos were made by Daniel Marlos and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Found under serpentine rock
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,...