Northern Ringneck Snake
(Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)
NH Conservation Status: Not listed
State Rank Status: Widespread and secure
Distribution: Throughout NH
Description: A slender, dark snake measuring 10-15 inches. Generally has a bluish-black or black surface color with a golden ring around the neck. The underside is uniformly yellow.
Commonly Confused Species: Redbelly snake
Habitat: Mostly found in moist,
shady woodlands under rocks, logs, or other woody debris. May also
be found on rocky wooded hillsides.
Life History: During mid-summer lays 3-5 eggs under rotting wood or rocks, sometimes communally. Hibernates underground in mammal burrows or under rocks.
Conservation Threats: Loss of habitat
LEFT: Ringneck snakes are black with a golden ring around the neck and a yellow belly. Ringneck snakes have smooth scales (no keels). Photo by Mike Marchand.
The bluish-black surface color shimmers with iridescence. Photo by Victor Young.