I photographed this Ring-necked Snake on the same day and location as the Red-bellied Snake I posted. This was on an Arkansas Country Road near my place in the Ouachita Mountains. The Red-bellied Snake and this Ring-necked Snake were my first time photographing these types of snakes.
The Ring-necked Snake is a small non-venomous species of snake that is native to North America. They are typically 12-18 inches in length and are characterized by their distinctive ring-like pattern around their neck. They feed on small insects and amphibians and are not considered to be dangerous to humans. Ring-necked Snakes are generally not aggressive and will often coil up and play dead when they feel threatened.
Habitat and Distribution
Ring-necked Snakes are found throughout North America, from southern Canada to Mexico. They prefer moist habitats, such as forests, fields, and wetlands, and are often found near streams, rivers, and lakes. They are also commonly found in suburban and urban areas where they hide under rocks, logs, and leaf litter.
Diet and Hunting Habits
Ring-necked Snakes are opportunistic feeders and eat a variety of prey, including earthworms, slugs, snails, and amphibians such as salamanders and frogs. They are able to swallow their prey whole and have a flexible jaw that allows them to consume larger prey items.
Behavior and Adaptation
Ring-necked Snakes are non-venomous and do not pose a threat to humans. They [Read More…]