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Grey Snake With Orange Belly And Neck Ring. What Is It?

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From your description this very much sounds like a ringneck snake or ring-necked snake. It is found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and south eastern Canada..

Ring-necked snakes are secretive and very nocturnal and are rarely seen during the day time. They are slightly venomous but their non-aggressive nature and small rear-facing fangs pose little threat to humans who wish to handle them. They are best known for their unique defense posture of curling up their tails exposing their bright red-orange posterior, ventral surface when threatened.

Ring-necked snakes are believed to be fairly abundant throughout most of their range though no scientific evaluation supports this theory. Scientific research is lacking for the ring-necked snake and more in-depth investigations are greatly needed.

Ring-necked snakes occur in a wide variety of habitats. Preference seems to be determined by areas with abundant cover and denning locations spaces Northern and western species are found within open woodlands near rocky hillsides, or in wetter environments with abundant cover or woody debris. Southern species exist primarily within riparian and wet environments, especially in more arid habitats. Stebbins (2003) identified the species as a snake of moist habitats, identifying that moist soil conditions were the preferred substrate. Ring-necked snakes are also not found above an elevation of 2200 meters. In northern regions, dens are also important in identifying suitable ring-necked snake habitat.

Dens are usually shared communally and are identifiable by an existent subsurface crevasse or hole that is deep enough to prevent freezing temperatures. Since it is a woodland reptile, it can commonly also be found under wood or scraps. Because of the hot weather, they tend to make holes and burrow or they decide to hide under rocks or any suitable material. They are normally found in flatland forests.
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Anonymous answered
Prairie Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus arnyi

Ringneck snakes are easily recognizable by their small size, uniform dark color on the back, bright yellow-orange belly and distinct yellow ring around the neck. The back can be dark brown, gray or blue-black. The belly is yellow, changing to orange near the tail. The belly also has small, black spots which are irregular in size and pattern. Length ranges from 10 to 14 inches (25-36 cm). Ring necks live on rocky, wooded hillsides. Ringneck snakes are secretive and not only take shelter under rocks but also find prey there—worms, slugs, soft bodied insects and small salamanders.

Missouri Distribution: Statewide, but replaced by the Mississippi ring-necked snake—a subspecies—in the southeastern corner.
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ravi varma answered
It is a ring neck snake which is slightly venomous and humans can handle it.
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Anonymous answered
I just had one behind the house I asked dad about it he calls them bug snakes. They are not poisons. I never know about snakes lol I am rather scared of them. I just saw one today and I asked dad about it tonight. I saw your question on google before I got a hold of him.
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Michael Reese answered
It is most likely a ringneck snake
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Kass answered
It is a type of ringneck snake. See below.

Note that this one has yellow and red underside markings. They can come in a variety of base colours ranging from pale gray to dark black with a variety of rings from pale yellow to dark red and anything between, same with the underbelly.
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Well dear,
 
I do not know from where do you live. But such snakes are very common in US. I have heard that these snakes are known as Northern Ringneck Snake and they have a yellow or orange on belly, with the uniformly gray or black above, and also an orange ring in their neck. These are dangerous snakes and poisonous snakes.

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