Northern Ringneck Snake

Diadophis punctatus edwardsii

Northern ringneck snakeNH Conservation Status: Not listed

State Rank Status: Widespread and secure

Distribution: Throughout NH

Description: A slender, dark snake measuring 10-15 inches. Generally has a bluish-black or black surface color with a golden ring around the neck. The underside is uniformly yellow.

Commonly Confused Species: Redbelly snake

Habitat: Mostly found in moist, shady woodlands under rocks, logs, or other woody debris. May also be found on rocky wooded hillsides.

Life History: During mid-summer lays 3-5 eggs under rotting wood or rocks, sometimes communally. Hibernates underground in mammal burrows or under rocks.

Conservation Threats: Loss of habitat

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