This snake tends to be black with white or yellow crossbars. These crossbars can connect to the other side, or be broken, and the stripes on the sides may not be present.
However, a second pattern can appear with an irregular number of white to yellow spots.
This snake is often confused with its cousin the Eastern Black Kingsnake, which it’s crossbars are usually darker and muted than the Eastern Kingsnake.
This snake is usually between 30 to 40 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 56.25 inches. The record found in Virginia is 46.8 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 8 to 9 inches long.