Found under cutting of Eukalyptus trunk.
Pacific Ringneck Snake (Diadophis puctatus amabilis).
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Oakland, California.
Found under a rock
Very slim snake. Dark gray head separated from slate gray body by thin orange band. Orange belly visible as it turned to slide off the trail.
I have seen two previous ringneck snakes at Windy Hill, one very near this spot (perhaps even the same individual) and the other on the Hamm's Gulch trail. Those moved too fast for pictures, as did the one I saw at Long Ridge OSR, but finally today's ringneck was sluggish enough for pictures -- a beautiful little snake!
Pacific Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus amabilis), Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Oakland, California
The pink belly indicates the snake's getting ready to shed, apparently.