Secretive Ringneck Snake Photographed At Copper Breaks State Park In Texas
September 5, 2019
A prairie ring-neck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi)was photographed at the Copper Breaks State Park In Texas by park superintendent Edwin Quintero, according to a post on the park's Facebook page.
Check out this Ring-necked snake, one of the parks inconspicuous snakes that frequent the backcountry of the park.Posted by Texas Parks and Wildlife - Copper Breaks State Park on Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The beautiful snake, black in coloration with a yellow belly and red tail can be found in the park's backcountry as well as throughout much of the United States, central Mexico and southeastern Canada. The diminutive snake grows to about 10 to 14 inches in length and when stressed, will expose its brightly colored underside. They will also release a smelly musk from glands at the base of its tail when picked up.
They feed on earthworms, slugs, soft-bodied insects and small salamanders. They are not generally kept as pets, and are a species of least concern. If you are out helping, carefully check under logs, rocks or damp leaf litter, you may just find one of these beautiful little reptiles hanging around.