RING NECKED SNAKE
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The ringneck snake or ring-necked snake is a snake found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and south eastern Canada. Dorsal coloration is solid olive, brown, bluish gray to black, broken only by a distinct yellow, red, or yellow-orange neck bandThey are slightly venomous but their non-aggressive nature and small rear-facing fangs pose little threat to humans who wish to handle them.
Ring-necked snakes first strike and then secure the prey using constriction. They are rarely aggressive to larger predators suggesting that their venom evolved as a feeding strategy rather than a defense strategy. As a defense strategy, the snake winds up its tail into a corkscrew, exposing the brightly colored belly.
Ring-necked snakes are primarily nocturnal, though some diurnal activity has been observed. Individuals can be found, on cloudy days, sunning themselves. Individuals prefer lie directly under surface objects that are warmed in the sun and use conduction to gain heat.
Ring-necked snakes are highly secretive, but their exact social hierarchies have never been evaluated. Populations have been identified to have large colonies of more than 100 individuals, with reports that some smaller colonies occupy the same microhabitats.
Northwestern Ring Neck Snake
Northwestern Ring Neck Snake -Defensive posture