Ring-necked Snake Diadophis punctatus (Linnaeus, 1766)    Synonyms: Diadophis punctatus edwardsii, Northern Ring-necked Snake, Northern Ringneck Snake.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Colubridae   >   Genus Diadophis   

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The Ring-necked Snake is a docile, harmless snake found throughout the state. They are among our most common snakes, and can sometimes be found at high densities in high-quality habitat. That said, they are infrequently encountered unless actively sought out under rocks and logs.

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They are nocturnal hunters that feed on invertebrates, frogs, salamanders, and other small snakes.

There are 257 records in the project database.

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A Ring-necked Snake in the Catoctin Mountains, Maryland (9/4/2006). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Ring-necked Snake in Howard Co., Maryland (5/12/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Ring-necked Snake in Howard Co., Maryland (5/12/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Ring-necked Snake in Baltimore County, Maryland (9/19/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Ring-necked Snake in Caroline Co., Maryland (6/24/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Ring-necked Snake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/2/2017). (c) Justin Lee, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Justin Lee via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Ring-necked Snake in Carroll Co., Maryland (9/16/2015). Photo by Maddie Koenig. (MBP list)

A Ring-necked Snake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/1/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

Ring-necked Snake in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/10/2007). (c) Hans Holbrook, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

Ring-necked Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (11/15/2020). (c) Michael J. W. Carr, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Michael J. W. Carr via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Ring-necked Snake found at the Jemicy School in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/12/2013). Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

Ring-necked Snake in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/4/2021). (c) Ashley Rodeheaver, all rights reserved. Photo by Ashley Rodeheaver. (MBP list)


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