--Previous Message-- Ok, good deal. And I hope he'll be happy out here. Plenty of lizards to be had, that's for sure. Thanks :-)
: --Previous Message--
: Ok, I just surfed a bit, and everything
: found showed that FL ringnecks are
: black with a yellow or cream colored
: ring and belly.
: The problem is, that about a half hour
: ago, I almost stepped on one outside
: work that had a bright red ring and
: belly. It was about 5 inches long and
: less than pencil-thickness.
: When I tried to move it, it did the
: tail curl, exposing the underside and
: then flipped totally over exposing the
: full red belly.
: I moved it into a landscaped protected
: area, but had wanted to check what it
: was. Everything that I have seen for
: the red-bellies show them to be
: northern (or from the northwest).
: Are the red-rings normal for FL? I
: know it's cooling off outside, but it
: surely isn't northern weather yet. :-)
: I don't have my Peterson's Guide handy,
: no, wait, yes I do. The penninsular FL
: Ringnecks can be more colorful, and are
: the ones who do the corkscrew thing
: with the tail, showing the red
: underside. The ring on the neck can
: sometimes be orangey red, especially on
: southern specimens. Yours is a Southern
: Ringneck Snake, Florida form.
Ok, good deal. And I hope he'll be happy out here. Plenty of lizards to be had, that's for sure. Thanks :-)
The Appalachian Naturalist