Thank you so much for sending me the information. I did not get a picture but I think I know where the snake is. He was living underneath my horses water trough. Next time I turn it over I will have my camera with me, and if I can get a picture I will surely send it to you. His ring was bright red and his body was matt black, the first one we've ever seen like that. Thanks again for re-assuring us that he is not venomous.
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: There was a snake in my yard this
: morning. It was dark slate color and
: smooth, not scaley. It had a bright red
: ring around its neck, not yellow like
: the ring necked snake.It was about a
: foot long.
: Could you help me to identify it
: please. I live in Richmond Missouri.
: Thank you kindly for your help.
: Hi Angela;
: Some subspecies of Ringneck have a red
: or orange ring instead of yellow. In
: some of the population here in Western
: NC I have seen orange rings that are
: almost red. However...
: Most Ringnecks have bright yellow or
: maybe orange rings. The Redbelly Snake,
: a tiny woodland snake (can also be
: found in towns and suburbs) also
: matches your description. It has a gray
: back, and two spots behind the head
: that sometimes fuse to form a ring.
: It is certainly not venomous, and I
: would like to see a picture if
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