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Ringneck Snake

NON-VENOMOUS

Ringneck snake

Ringneck snake

Scientific name: Diadophis punctatus LINNAEUS 1766

The following key will separate the two Ringneck Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

1a Slightly or no neck ring; Lower Florida Keys. Key Ringneck Snake, Diadophis punctatus acricus
1b Distinct neck ring, but usually broken in the middle; peninsular Florida north through southern Alabama and the coastal plain to southeastern Virginia. Southern Ringneck Snake, Diadophis punctatus punctatus

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