Diadophis punctatus regalis, or the regal ringneck snake, as it is most commonly referred to, is a species endemic to the US and Mexico. The snake is typically grey, with a dark-speckled white or cream underside, which becomes bright red or orange near and under the tail. However, sometimes, it looks like this.

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