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Diadophis punctatus arnyi
Nonvenomous Status Likely common in Katy and Cypress Texas but secretive and seldom seen Description/Identification A skinny bodied snake typically less than 2 feet in length.  Body coloration varies but is typically black or a dark grey color.  Belly color is a pale orange or yellow changing to a red undertail which is held in the air to distract predators.  Ring-necked snakes are easy to identify due to the ring like marking around their neck. Defense The primary defense if fleeing fails is for the snake to curl its tail in the air and display the undertail color.  While they can bite in defense it is not likely to happen.
(Prairie Ring-Necked Snake)