Diadophis punctatus punctatus, 11 December 2022

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, the Southern ringneck;
Lake county, Florida (11 December 2022).

I must admit I revel when encountering a wee Southern ringneck. This tiny species is quite abundant throughout central Florida (and elsewhere). They’re also quite reclusive and well-hidden, so I suspect most people don’t see this species all that often. If you dig around the plants in your yard, however, you’ll likely fine one or two (or three) Southern ringnecks silently slinking about the soil in search of earthworms and slugs.

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