Florida Snake Identification Key

Ringneck Snake


Scientific name: Diadophis punctatus (LINNAEUS 1766)

The following will separate the two Ringneck Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

Select the box below that is the closest match to your snake:

Slightly or no neck ring; Lower Florida Keys.

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Your snake could be a Key Ringneck Snake, Diadophis punctatus acricus.


Distinct neck ring, but usually broken in the middle; peninsular Florida north through southern Alabama and the coastal plain to southeastern Virginia.

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Your snake could be a Southern Ringneck Snake, Diadophis punctatus punctatus.


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