Photo by Jerry Schudda
Ring-necked Snake – Diadorphis punctatus
When looking from above, Ring-necked snakes appear to be plain grey bodied individuals with a cream-colored ring at the base of their head. However, when threatened, this snake has a tendency to flip over its tail and hold it like a coiled shield, revealing a bright red color under its tail as a warning. This color starts to fade to a bright orange as it gets closer to the head but is still a striking difference from the grey dorsal pattern.