Cool! I would take the female and release her in the woods as close to the point of capture as possible, since she will try her best to get back there anyway. It has been shown that many reptiles will actually try to get back to their homes, no matter how far away they are moved. If her home is no longer suitable for Ringnecks (development, messed up creek, new road), I would release her in a wooded area near a stream or other wetland. After the eggs hatch, I would release the babies in the same place.
Great work Lily!!!
: I caught a ringneck snake on the road
: (central PA) and intended to take it to
: a safer location. I put it in my small
: aquarium until my parents could take me
: to our farm. When I went to release
: it, I saw that it had layed eggs. I
: didn't release it because I was worried
: about disturbing the eggs. I have been
: feeding it earthworms and it has been
: eating them. I am now wondering what
: to do about the eggs. Will the mom
: snake eat the young? Should I keep her
: with the eggs or release her and keep
: the eggs in the aquarium until they
: hatch? Thanks for any help you can
: give me.
The Appalachian Naturalist