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Northern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)

Ringneck snake

 

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

 

Distribution map: View a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH PDF Document

 

Ringneck snake

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.

 

Ringneck snake

The ringneck snake sports a yellow to yellow-orange belly, much like its close cousin, the northern red-bellied snake. Photo by Victor Young.