Established in 1950, the Kansas Wildlife Federation supports the sustainable use and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats through education, partnerships, outreach and policy oversight.
As an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, KWF is the organization in Kansas that:
1) Advocates for wildlife, sportsmen, environmental educators and outdoor enthusiasts;
2) Provides information and education about conservation and management issues; and
3) Conserves and protects Kansas wildlife and its habitat.
Our current priority is to introduce youth, the future stewards of the earth, to the rewards and satisfaction of getting outdoors and becoming engaged with nature.
Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus) Photo from http://snakeslove.blogspot.com/2011/10/ring-naked-snake-diadophis-punctatus.html
Ring-necked snakes are nocturnal although they may be seen sunning themselves for warmth on cloudy days. They are only slightly venomous and non-aggressive. They are conspicuous for the red or yellow ring around their neck. Dorsal coloration can vary between brown, black, gray & olive. When threatened, they react by exposing their red/orange posterior underbelly. Ring-necked snakes are often only10-15 inches long but they may grow to 2 feet long. During the day they are found under rocks, logs & leaf litter. They mate in the fall with delayed implantation. Three-five eggs are deposited in loose soil, rotten logs or ground litter in early summer. The young hatch in late summer or early fall. They prey on small worms, smaller salamanders, frogs & juvenile snakes.