Status: special concern
length: 10-15 inches
This snake looks like the prairie ring-necked snake in size and color. The difference is in the belly. The northern ring-necked snake has a solid light yellow belly without any markings.
Unlike most other snakes, the northern ring-necked makes its home in moist deciduous forests. There it eats earthworms, beetles, salamanders, frogs, and other small snakes.