Prairie Ring-necked Snake

One of my favorite snakes, the Prairie Ring-necked Snake has a beautifully patterned belly. I found this specimen hanging out with a companion in the seeding room of the house under a bin of leaf mold, a situation that I decided was not in the snakes’ best interest given that we have a house cat that likes playing with small animals. Thus, I took them outside, took some photos, and released them in a nicely mulched area.