This is a Ringneck Snake. These are very small snakes rarely exceeding 15 inches in length. They are harmless although this species does have a slight venom to subdue their small prey. Their prey consists of small salamanders, small frogs, earthworms, snails, slugs, and other invertebrates. They are found over a wide portion of North America where their colors vary widely. One thing that all subspecies have in common is that they have that ring around their neck. This paticular one would be the Northeastern subspecies.
This was taken in McDonough State Forest
in Chenango County NY.