I don't normally ID things to the subspecies level, but it is somewhat needed for this snake. There are about 9 different subspecies recognized for ringneck snakes, all of which are slightly venomous with rear fangs, except this one. The Northern ringneck snake is a docile and non-venomous small snake that prefers the dark, so typically it is only out at night and underneath something or in a burrow during the day. So imagine my surprise to see one swimming across Lake Buffalo near Durbin, WV in the middle of the day. There are a lot of bass in that lake so I was wondering if it would make it. It swam completely across the lake, and safely made it to shore.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist