"I just found this individual (approx. 250mm) under my trash can in oak litter. The substrate was damp after last week's rain. I usually find the species in spring every year in my yard."
Found by Clark Mahrdt
Found under cutting of Eukalyptus trunk.
Pacific Ringneck Snake (Diadophis puctatus amabilis).
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Oakland, California.
Although this is in the range of the subspecies Diadophis punctatus amabilis, this snake lacks black speckles on the red belly. Not sure if anyone out there can help me figure out if it is one of the recognized subspecies.
Found under a rock
As spectacular as the Lichens were this morning, this guy might have trumped all.
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,...