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Old Oct 9, 2010, 6:06 PM   #1
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I found this baby ringneck snake late yesterday afternoon. About the size of an earthworm, no more than 6" long. When I approach him, he kept waving his tail with the bright red underside. When I got too close, he coiled up and tucked his head in, and kept wiggling the red tail. It's supposed to be a defense mechanism, which didn't seem very effective. We finally moved him into the grass because he was too conspicuous on the cement - bird food!

He was really hard to focus on.

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Old Oct 9, 2010, 6:14 PM   #2
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You're a lot braver than I am to even go near it. I'm scared of snakes!

But on a photo evaluation, I like the 1st one, I would never have been able to tell its a 6" snake. Looks like a big mean venomous one to me.
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1st shot is better but the picture really tells the snake is huge...and the way it's curling is scary
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Congrats Saly! Lovely shots of a beautiful snake. All three shots are essential to give you a full idea of that snake. I am glad you moved him. Not many people do that.

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Nice series, Saly. Glad you moved him to safety.

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Old Oct 9, 2010, 10:02 PM   #6
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Thanks, I'm always watching out for my neighbors! But seriously, this was the smallest snake I've ever seen in my whole life!
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On the first shot it looks a lot bigger and meaner than what apparently it was. I can tell its size on the 2nd shot. Very pretty snake by the way. Are they venomous or they just look scary?
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Ring neck snakes are very shy.
Venomous - read this and decide
http://www.kingpinreptiles.com/venomous.htm

That one being 6 inches is probably a "toddler". They can grow 12 to 15 inches.
They generally eat worm, salamanders and other small snakes.
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