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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.