This snake has a shiny dark color, with a few dark stripes on the back, but the stripes are hard to see from to a casual observer. The belly is a light yellow color, with 2 sets of dark half-moon shaped patterns.
The scales on this snake is rough, and rather stiff. and has dark lines on the side of the throat.
This snake on average is between 14 and 24 inches long. With Virginia’s record length being 30.5 inches and the record length being 34.4 inches long.