What Kind of Snake Is Black and Yellow?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 11, 2020 8:49:15 AM ET

While many different snake are black and yellow, the most commonly encountered black and yellow snakes are kingsnakes, garter snakes and ribbon snakes. Kingsnakes in the eastern United States display a black base color topped with yellow bands. Garter snakes are highly variable, but most are black, brown or gray with longitudinal yellow markings and ribbon snakes, a close relative of garter snakes, also feature yellow longitudinal stripes.