Wednesday, November 4, 2009

San Bernardino Ringneck Snake

In February 1995 our next door neighbor found a San Bernardino Ringneck Snake while digging in his garden. It was very small, but amazingly colored: dark green on the upside, with a reddish orange ring around its neck, a bright orange belly with black spots, and toward the end ot its tail, bright red on the underside.

When alarmed, the ringneck snake coils the end of its tail to reveal the bright red color at the end.
They are very slender and found in moist habitats, like gardens, forests, grasslands and farms. In arid areas like ours, in mountains and near water courses. They are usually not found in the open, but in rotting logs, under rocks and boards.

They eat salamanders, small frogs, lizards, worms, insects and small snakes.

They are mildly venomous, but not dangerous to humans. They have enough venom to help incapacitate small prey.

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