The southern ringneck snake, sometimes called the Florida ringneck snake, is black with a red ring around its neck. There are other, similar species with orange and yellow bands around their necks.
Characterized by mostly gray or black colouring, the southern ringneck usually has a red, yellow or orange underbelly in addition to the ring around its neck. It is a non-poisonous snake that subsists on earthworms, slugs, small frogs and other garden pests. When handled, these snakes rarely bite, though if startled, they may curl up and coil their tails to show off the bright warning colours of the scales on the underbelly. These snakes are small, usually no more than 10 to 15 inches long.Learn More
Lacking appendages, snakes have simple bodies that consist of a head, body and tail. Additionally, some snakes exhibit a narrowing immediately behind the head, which gives them a discernible neck as well. Some primitive snake lineages, such as boas and pythons, have retained their pelvic girdle. Inspecting the tail of such snakes reveals tiny claws or spurs, which are the remnants of rear legs once attached to their pelvises.Full Answer >
The timber, prairie and Massasauga rattlesnakes can all be found in Iowa and are generally considered to be the only poisonous snakes native to the state. Rarely, copperheads can be found in localized areas in south-eastern Iowa.Full Answer >
Garden snakes, also known as garter snakes, are thin with long stripes down the spine and along the side, growing anywhere between two to four feet in length. The color varies. Usually garter snakes have dark, earth-toned scales with the middle stripe being tan, red, yellow or green, and their tongues are red with a black tip, with the chin and belly sharing coloration with the stripes.Full Answer >
Rattlesnakes mainly feed on small mammals and birds. They also eat snakes such as other rattlesnakes and garter snakes, lizards, frogs and large insects such as grasshoppers.Full Answer >