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A Survey of the Herpetofauna of the Comanche National Grasslands in Southeastern Colorado

Appendix 7:

Photographs of selected habitat and species of amphibians and
reptiles observered during the 1995-1997 field seasons


JPG -- Prairie ringneck snake
Prairie ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi). These secretive fossorial snakes are most commonly found beneath logs or rocks when soil moisture levels are high. Note the characteristic defense posture, with the tail inverted and curled; this display may invoke a startle response in potential predators.
JPG -- Ventral surface of ringneck snake
The ventral surface of ringneck snakes is brightly colored, grading from yellow at the anterior to bright red at the posterior. Canyon bottoms with well-developed soils and debris are typical habitat for ringneck snakes in southeastern Colorado.

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