Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardii)
Description: A small black or gray, shiny scaled snake with a yellow
ring around its neck. Michigan ring-neck snakes have a plain yellow belly, sometimes
with a few black dots down the midline. Adult length: 10 to 24 inches.
Photo © Jim Harding
Habitat and Habits: This snake lives in moist woodlands, usually
staying hidden under logs, bark, or other objects. They feed on earthworms,
salamanders, and smaller snakes.
Reproduction: Females lay from 1 to 7 eggs in rotting wood or under
bark or flat rocks, usually in June. Hatching occurs in late summer.
Range and Status: Ring-necked Snakes have been recorded throughout
Michigan, but are generally rare and local. They are common on some of the
larger islands in Lake Michigan.
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