NC Snake Pictures / Ringneck Snake

Diadophis punctatus

Nonvenomous; adult size 10 - 30 inches (254 to 508 mm); common
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Distribution key: blue=where snake is found

. This slender, secretive snake has a black or slate-gray body. The neck ring and matching belly vary from creamy yellow all the way to reddish orange. It is found under flat rocks, logs or loose bark of dead trees, and feeds on worms, slugs, salamanders, lizards and newborn snakes. Will release a foul-smelling musk if captured. Adult and hatchling pictures of this snake are below.

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This lifesize hatchling ringneck snake was caught by Becky Curtis, Stanley, NC