Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Palm Sized Terror – Regal Ringneck Warning

Here’s a regal ringnecked snake doing it’s thing, terrorizing the predator (me!) that insisted on picking it up. In 2013 I was lucky to see a good amount of these, sometimes multiples in a day, out on the crawl on cool evenings with just a little sprinkle of rain.

Of course if you aren’t wanting to eat him, it just looks pretty. This is one of the pictures in my “show these to people who don’t like snakes” folder.

Regal Ringnecked Snake

Here’s another one, photographed a different day to show the cool slate-grey topside. The grey is so perfect that I like to say it looks like someone forgot to paint the metal cast of the snake (I had some pewter dinosaur models as a kid). I’d say they look almost Elapid at times.

Regal Ringnecked Snake

For contrast, here is a close relative of our Arizona species from Pennsylvania, where they are much more commonly seen and not quite as colorful.

Ringnecked Snake

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