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Northern Ring-necked Snake   

Diadophis punctatus edwardsii

Commonly Confused Native Species:




Size:                  A small sized snake measuring 8.5 to 16.5 inches in



Color:                Blackish-gray dorsum with a yellow ring around the neck

                           and a yellow venter, sometimes with a row of small black

                           spots running down the center.   Smooth unkeeled



Behavior:         Will coil tail exposing yellow venter to ward off predators.

                           When handled they emit an unpleasant smelling musk.

                           Very docile when handled, will not bite.        


Habitat:             Found in a variety of habitats from pristine woodlands to



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