Diadophis punctatus edwardsii

Common Names: Northern ringneck snake
Category: Reptiles
Sub-category: Snakes

The Northern ringneck snake is non-venomous and has a body color from bluish grey to black, with a complete narrow yellow or orange ring around its neck and an underside matching the ring and generally lacking any dark spotting or patterning. The complete ring and lack of large dark spots on the belly differentiate it from other subspecies of D. punctatus. In some regions, there are areas of intergradation with other subspecies. Generally from 25 to 38 cm long as an adult, they can reach more than 61 cm in length.

The species is nocturnal and prone to hiding and traveling under rocks, fallen logs and leaf litter, so it is not commonly observed by people despite the potential abundant population density. Their favored habitat over most of their range is a moist wooded area, but they will also use the edges of wetlands or open areas in mountainous or hilly terrain. They are also often found in moist humid basements.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: While not venomous, it can potentially deliver a mildly painful bite and all reptiles potentially carry salmonella and thus should not be handled.