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Ring-necked Snakes Laying Eggs

7-11-14 ring-necked snake 188Adult Ring-necked Snakes measure one to two feet from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. Named for the yellow/orange ring around their neck, they also have brilliant orange scales on their belly. This snake is fairly common throughout all of New England except for the northernmost part of Maine, but not often seen due to its nocturnal habits and secretive nature. The three or four eggs that female Ring-necked Snakes lay in late June and July are deposited in and under rotting logs and stones. Several females have been known to use the same nest. The eggs hatch in late August or September and the young snakes feed on the same prey as adults — small toads, frogs, salamanders, earthworms, smaller snakes, insects and grubs.

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5 responses

  1. Beautiful!

    July 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  2. Beautiful snakes.

    July 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  3. Cool! Never seen one of these – now I know why.

    July 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  4. AlStoops

    What is the best way to search for ring-neck snakes? I’ve never found one. Same question for the similar red-bellied snakes, though I have found a few of those over the years….

    July 12, 2014 at 4:37 am

    • As I’m sure you know, both of these species are very secretive. I’ve never intentionally gone looking for one — just sort of stumbled upon them. The ring-necked snake was inhabiting a stone wall…as I’m sure you do, I just lift a rock or log occasionally and hope to find one!

      July 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm

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