Northern Ring-necked Snake

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An Adult Northern Ring-Necked Snake

Northern Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii) was spotted sunning itself outside the Visitor Center after a few days of warm weather. This common, nonvenomous Appalachian reptile begins brumation in late September or October, finding refuge under rocks, logs, and leaf litter during the colder months. Ring-necked snakes will typically emerge from their dormant period in April and are most active in May and June.

Photo by Hankyu Kim.