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Ring-Necked Snake


The Ring-Necked Snake is a small, thin snake. It has a yellow, orange or red ring or band around its neck. The upper body can vary from dark gray to gray to olive. Its belly can be bright orange or bright red. The bright and contrasting colors make the Ring-Necked Snake a real treat to see. This snake is NOT poisonous to humans.

They range in length from 8 to 34 inches.

We have observed the Ring-Necked Snake in various locations - the San Gabriel Mountains and Foothills and the coast of Morro Bay. For a list of sightings of this animal, you can view our Sightings and Observations Log and search on "Ring-Necked Snake".

Family: Snake.

Field Notes

We once observed a Ringneck Snake unable to traverse up a steeply angled portion of the Glendora Mtn Rd. We pulled the car over and gave the little guy a nudge up to the turnout where he went on his way.

I also observed a young ringneck about a foot long and diameter of a pencil up in the Johnson's Pasture area.

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