: My indoor cat just caught a small snake
: in my house in FL. It looks just like
: the ringnecked snake in your picture
: excepy this one had an orange &
: beautiful red underneath. My neighbor
: told me it was a ringneck, and i've
: already let it go so it won't die on
: me, but I'd like to know if that is
: what it probably is, to inform my boys.
: It was probably 6" long, shiny
: black, orange ring right at base of
: head. It looked all black when curled
: up, but when it began to move, it
: flashed beautiful red underneath near
: tail, more red-orange closer to head.
: Any info on it's natural food,
: lifespan, etc. for my 11 & 13 sons
: would be appreciated. Thanks! Never
: had a snake in my house before!
You did indeed have a Ringneck, and the Florida form is especially pretty with the red belly. They are known to roll the tail into a little "thimble", sort of a tight swirl, when really scared.
They mostly eat salamanders, small lizards, some insects, possibly the eggs of other small reptiles. They grow in your area to about 10 inches long, and can possibly live to 20 years.
The Appalachian Naturalist