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Prairie Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus arnyi


This ring-necked snake was pale greenish gray with a broken. It was approximately 8 inches long.


Found in an intermittent wash in a rocky area.


Snake was under rock.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Congratulations on you SOTD, Cameron. It is a great series.

LisaPowers 5 years ago

Very cool behavioral spotting! Congrats on your SOTD!

JackieLouWho 5 years ago

Very different from the ring-necks up and over here in PA! awesome spotting and congratulations!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 5 years ago

Congratulations Cameron.Nice series. Beautiful snake.

Thanks everyone! I was conducting the Snake Count at Mills Canyon in the Kiowa National Grassland in New Mexico when I spotted this snake. We had been frustrated all morning looking for Arid Land Ribbonsnakes along the Canadian River in the Canyon when we finally decided to cut our losses and find a ring-necked snake. We headed to a small canyon and started flipping rocks until we found this GEM! If I had known it would be spotting of the day, I would have spent more time photographing this snake with better light. Thanks again for your comments. Ring-necked snakes are great everywhere you find them.

alicelongmartin 5 years ago

Unique defense!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

Great spotting! Congrats!

NuwanChathuranga 5 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD !!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Congratulations !!

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 5 years ago

beautiful spotting and congrats!

CarolSnowMilne 5 years ago

Congratulations on spot of the day for your amazing, colorful snake.

harsuame 5 years ago


aldrin 5 years ago

congratulations! :)

Yasser 5 years ago

This series has been chosen as Spotting of the Day during Snake Week! Congratulations Cameron and thanks for all the great work you're doing with the Center for Snake Conservation. We're excited to be partnering with you to collect important data and help people better understand these awesome predators.

"The Prairie Ring-necked Snake is a species of colubrid snake. They are best known for their unique defense posture of curling up their tails exposing their bright red-orange posterior, ventral surface when threatened."


Louisa 5 years ago


lori.tas 5 years ago

I like how the screwed up tail makes for a big warning display.

Adam Braz tb2
Adam Braz tb2 5 years ago

Wow amazing underbelly!

New Mexico, USA

Lat: 36.07, Long: -104.35

Spotted on Sep 16, 2012
Submitted on Sep 17, 2012

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