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(Diadophis punctatus)

Picture of a ringneck snake

Area where ringneck snake is found in South Dakota


  • Dark colored - black or gray - upper body
  • Bright yellow or yellow - orange ring around the neck
  • Yellow to orange belly with black spots
  • Underside of tail usually red-orange
  • Smooth scales
  • Nonvenomous
  • Diet: earthworms, other small insects, and frogs
  • Habitat: rocky hillsides of open woodlands
  • Distribution: extreme southeastern South Dakota