These are thin snakes with alternating red to black to yellow to black rings. It is important to note that the yellow and red rings do not touch.
This difference is what separates the Scarlet Kingsnake from the venomous Coral Snake. Although the coral snake does not appear here in Virginia, knowing the difference between the two is important. If you can’t remember then think of this phrase:
“Red to black venom lack, red to yellow kill a fellow”
This snake is usually between 14 to 20 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 27 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 3 to 7 inches long.