This snake is a brown to nearly black snake with 3 bright yellow to cream stripes. They will have a greenish to a bluish-gray belly, it may seem white. This snake has a white dot next to it’s eye, which helps in telling it apart from the Garter Snake.
Juveniles will have the same pattern as adults, but they will be brown with bright yellow or white stripes.
This snake is normally between 18 to 26 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 38.2 inches long, which was found here in Virginia.
Juveniles tend to be more than 6 – 8 inches long.