Northern ring-necked snake

Northern ring-necked snake

(Photo by Darrell Jones)

The EcoPreserve is habitat for several different snakes species. Most commonly seen are garter snakes and northern water snakes.  This colorful snake (in the photo) is the northern ring-necked snake (Scientific name: Diadophis punctatus). The ringneck is harmless to humans. It preys on insects, earthworms, and other small herptiles. Remember: look but don’t keep.

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