The Ring-necked Snake has a slender body with a blue-gray back and sides. It has a yellow (or orange) underside and a yellow (or orange) ring around its neck. The ring is usually outlined in black. Ring-necked Snakes are between 1-2 feet long (the longest documented in Vermont is 17 inches). Ring-necked Snakes have smooth scales and lay eggs.
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Ring-necked Snakes are found in warm, exposed areas, often near water with abundant bark, log, or rock cover. They are the only egg-laying species of snake in Vermont that occurs in the northeastern corner of the state, but they are less abundant in that region and may not occur in some towns there.
This species has a state natural heritage rank of S4 (locally common or widely scattered to uncommon). Please report all sightings of this species in Vermont. Take photos if possible. Even historic sighting information is useful. Any natural history observations (feeding, migrations, road crossing areas, early or late season appearance, abnormalities, etc.) are appreciated.
- Diadophis punctatus at the Animal Diversity website
- Diadophis punctatus at Savannah Research Ecological Laboratory
- Diadophis punctatus at the Snakes of Massachusetts website
Species summary written by Ariel K. McK. Burgess.