No snake is found in more places across the USA than the Ringneck snake; its habitat ranges from the eastern coast states as well as southern deserts and some Pacific states. The Ringneck can make its home pretty much anywhere but it prefers wooded areas with moist ground and will lurk under rocks and stones in order to stay out of view.
Although the Ringneck’s venom is mild and completely harmless to humans, it uses its poison to disable its prey, lizards, insects and other snakes. If you find one of these snakes in your yard it is best left alone, it may well live somewhere in the undergrowth and will cause no harm.
The snake may be of interest to domestic pets but a Ringneck’s venom or bite is not substantial enough to cause harm to cats and dogs and the snake itself may actually be in more danger. If a pet is bitten however, it may well be worth getting it checked out by a vet to make sure there is no damage or infection.
It is never worth being complacent with snakes, if you are in any doubt take no chances and if you feel a snake is dangerous don’t attempt to corner it or catch it, inform the local police or animal welfare centre.