Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Picture of a ringneck snake

Area where ringneck snake is found in South Dakota


* Dark colored—black or gray—upper body

* Bright yellow or yellow-orange ring around the neck

* Yellow to orange belly with black spots

* Underside of tail usually redorange

* Smooth scales

* Nonvenomous

* Diet: earthworms, other small insects, and frogs

* Habitat: rocky hillsides of open woodlands

* Distribution: extreme southeastern South Dakota

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