This snake has a series of dark crossbands which ends at mid-body or at the sides. Their main body color can be brown to gray, with varying amounts of red, yellow, or white. Their chin is always white.
Their blotches on their back, will have dark borders, but the shape and variation can vary based on geography. These blotches are harder to spot when the snake is dry.
Their belly will usually have dark half-moon markings on them
This snake is usually between 24 to 42 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 55 inches. The record found in Virginia is 54 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 8 inches long.