Northern Ring-Necked Snake
Southern Ring-Necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus edwardsii
Diadophis punctatus punctatus
Diadophis p. punctatus X edwardsi
Photo of Northern Ring-necked Snake courtesy of Linh Phu
Photo of Southern Ring-necked Snake courtesy of Matt Close
Primarily found in hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, but will also occur in agricultural lands next to woodlots and backyards. Usually found associated with moisture.
A secretive nocturnal species. Look under coarse woody debris and junk piles and within rotting logs in moist (mesic) woodlands. Young are often discovered in residences after first cold snap
of late Summer/early Fall. Will not bite when handled but may discharge foul-smelling feces and musk. Non-venomous.
The Northern Ring-necked Snake is found west of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Southern Ring-necked Snake and the intergrade are found on the Eastern Shore.
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