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Northern ring-necked snake

Diadophis punctatus edwardsii


he adult is gray to bluish black above with a flat black head. The neck ring and ventral color varies from yellowish to reddish. Generally from 10 to 15 inches (25–38 cm) long as an adult, they can reach more than two feet (61 cm) in length.


Spotted under a cover board in an upland forest. Their favored habitat over most of their range is a moist wooded area,[7] but they will also use the edges of wetlands or open areas in mountainous or hilly terrain.


The species is nocturnal and prone to hiding and traveling under rocks, fallen logs and leaf litter, so it is not commonly observed by people despite the potential abundant population density.

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Apr 30, 2015
Submitted on Jun 27, 2015

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