What Is a Black Snake With Yellow Rings?

A black snake with yellow rings is an Eastern king snake. Its range is throughout the whole eastern United States north into New Jersey. It thrives in pine forests, swamps, tidal wetlands and bottom lands.

The Eastern king snake is a large snake, measuring anywhere from 36 to 48 inches in length. It has a shiny black body with smooth scales and yellow or white bands around its sides. It has a stocky head and beady eyes.

Easter king snakes are secretive, often seeking shelter under cover. They can be found often under tin, boards or other objects when located in suburban areas.