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Prairie Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus arnyi

Description:

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

Habitat:

Found in an intermittent wash in a rocky area.

Notes:

Snake was under rock.

No species ID suggestions

20 Comments

Awesome!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Congratulations!

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

LisaPowers
LisaPowers a year ago

Very cool behavioral spotting! Congrats on your SOTD!

JackieLouWho
JackieLouWho a year ago

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

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez a year 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.

Unique defense!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh a year ago

Congrats!:)

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Great spotting! Congrats!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga a year ago

Congratulations on your SOTD !!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri a year ago

Congratulations !!

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel a year ago

beautiful spotting and congrats!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne a year ago

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

harsuame
harsuame a year ago

Espectacular::

aldrin
aldrin a year ago

congratulations! :)

Yasser
Yasser a year 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."

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Louisa
Louisa a year ago

Wow.....fantastic!

lori.tas
lori.tas a year ago

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

Adam Braz tb2
Adam Braz tb2 a year 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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