Coiled Tail of Ring-necked Snake
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA, USA
Ring-necked snakes are found widely across North America and have many different varieties in color and size. This variety has a bright orange belly that it exposes by coiling up its tail and presenting it to ‘would be’ predators. The bright colors are to signal that it may be dangerous or bad tasting. The snake does leave off a nasty odor when provoked, but this is mostly a bluff, as ring-necked snakes are small and completely harmless. Snakes are often feared by people, but it is important to me that they are appreciated and loved as well. They can be admired safely from a distance as snakes do like to be left alone.