PRAIRIE RINGNECK SNAKE

Diadophis punctatus arnyi

 (Columbridae)


Description
This snake grow to about 15 inches in length - this young specimen was about 6-7 inches long. Image "A" shows the bright orange band separating the dark blue-gray scales covering the top of the body from the shiny black head. Below this snake is bright yellow (a hint of this color may be seen on the side of the head in image "A"), often with a bright red undertail, which it displays curled up when it senses danger. These snakes lay 3-4 eggs in June. They hunt for earthworms and small insects. 

Occurrence
The abundance of these snakes in our two nature centers is yet unknown. This specimen was seen in early July near the railroad tracks in Child's Hollow.



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Prairie Ringneck Snake

Prairie Ringneck Snake

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