Burke, Fairfax County, VA
12 August 2014
Diadophis punctatus punctatus, the Southern ringneck snake, photographed in Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2014). Janson Jones, http://dusttracks.com.
Black snake with yellow ring around the neck
Four individuals under a board.
Olive green/gray back with discolored iridescent black patches, top of head is iridescent, bright orange belly and bright orange ring on neck
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,...