*** SPECIAL NOTE: I’M ON VACATION UNTIL OCT. 18, SO NO NEW BLOGS FROM ME UNTIL THEN. I’LL TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS TO SHARE WITH YOU HERE WHEN I GET BACK! SEE YA! /GARY
I have not seen a Ringneck snake in 30 years. Got photos of a young one yesterday. I must be spending time in the wrong habitat to run across them.
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek
What a beautiful little Pacific ringneck snake! They like moist areas in a wide variety of habitats. A lot of backyards have ringnecks, but they’re small (I’ve rarely seen them more than a foot long and about as big around as a pencil) and VERY secretive. They’re usually under rocks, boards, logs, etc., looking for earthworms, slugs and small salamanders to eat, so they’re rarely seen.
When frightened or attacked by a predator, ringnecks will curl up their tails to expose their bright red-orange underside to try and frighten the predator away.
Thanks for sending these photos. People will now be able to see what they look like! /Gary