Ringneck Snake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission

Ringneck Snake
Diadophis punctatus
  • Size:   Length in Kansas up to 17 7/8 inches.

Kansas range map for the Ringneck Snake

Range:   Found throughout Kansas except the High Plains.
  • Description:   Harmless. Smooth scales. Head and body can be gray, blue-black or grayish-brown. Belly is yellow with black spots. Conspicuous yellow or light orange ring around the neck. Young resemble adults.
  • Habits:    Found under rocks and logs in forests, woodland edge, pastures and rocky glades. Active from March-November. Breeds March to April; lays an average of 4 eggs per clutch that hatch by August or September. Mostly eats earthworms.  Never bites. The most common snake in eastern Kansas.

Underside of Ringneck Snake

Photo by Bob Gress - Used by permission

When touched on the head, the ringneck will often react by curling its tail and exposing the brilliant orange-red
underside in an attempt to startle possible predators.

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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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