This snake was observed crossing the road during the day 6 miles northeast of Scotts Mills, Oregon.
A Ring-necked Snake.
These little snakes have a very colorful ventral patterning, meant to deter predators (or photographers).
Found on trail by gate at bridge between parking area and first settling pond at Las Gallinas sewage treatment facility. Had apparently been stepped on earlier today.
I've seen and caught many ringneck snakes growing up in South Florida.
Site has been cleared and developed
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,...