Diadophis punctatus

Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus

Photo taken by Jim Andrews

Diadophis punctatus

Photo taken by Maureen Rice
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Distribution of D. punctatus in Vermont

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The Ring-necked Snake has a slender body and is a blue-gray color. It has a yellow (or orange) underside and a yellow (or orange) ring around its neck. The ring is usually outlined in black. Ring-necked Snakes are between 1-2 feet long (the longest documented in Vermont is 17 inches), and they have smooth scales.


Ring-necked snakes are found in warm, exposed areas, often near water with abundant bark, log, or rock cover.


This species has a state natural heritage rank of S4 (locally common or widely scattered to uncommon). Please report all sightings of this species in Vermont. Take photos if possible. Even historic sighting information is useful. Any natural history observations (feeding, migrations, road crossing areas, early or late season appearance, abnormalities, etc.) are appreciated.

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Species summary written by Kaile Burgess.

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