|Common name: Mississippi Ring-necked Snake aka Ring-neck Snake|
Species name: Diadophis punctatus stictogenys
Description: 10-30" (25.4-76.2 cm). A small slender snake, with a yellow, cream, or orange neck ring and bright yellow, orange, or red belly. Back gray, olive, brownish, or black; belly frequently marked with black spots. Neck ring may be interrupted, obscure, or occasionally absent. Loreal scale present. Scales smooth, in 15-17 rows. Anal plate divided.
Distribution: Nova Scotia to Florida Keys, west to the Pacific coast, south to c. Mexico.
Habitat: Moist situations in varied habitat; forest, grassland, rocky wooded hillsides, chaparral, into upland desert along streams; sea level to ca. 7,000' (2,150 m).
Foods: Partially constricts prey, which includes earthworms, slugs, small salamanders, lizards, and newborn snakes.
(Image by LaVonne)
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