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RINGNECK SNAKE

 

Picture of a ringneck snake

 

 

Area where ringneck snake is found in South Dakota

 

 

 

 

Characteristics:

* 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