Photo of Northern Ring-necked Snake courtesy of Linh Phu
Photo of Southern Ring-necked Snake courtesy of Matt Close
Primarily found in hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, but will also occur in agricultural lands next to woodlots and backyards. Usually found associated with moisture.
A secretive nocturnal species. Look under coarse woody debris and junk piles and within rotting logs in moist (mesic) woodlands. Young are often discovered in residences after first cold snap of late Summer/early Fall. Will not bite when handled but may discharge foul-smelling feces and musk. Non-venomous.
Ring-necked snakes can be found throughout Maryland.
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