What kind of snake is black and orange?


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The most common snakes with black and orange coloring are orange-striped ribbonsnakes, corn snakes and ringneck snakes. These species are all nonvenomous and harmless to humans.

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Ribbonsnakes have orange to yellow stripes running the length of their bodies. The upper body is otherwise black except for a yellow or orange spot on the head, while the underside is greenish or cream-colored. These snakes are 20 to 30 inches in length.

Corn snakes are longer, growing up to 72 inches. They are usually orange to brownish-yellow in color with darker splotches bordered in black along their backs. A corn snake's belly has alternating black and white markings.

Ringneck snakes are usually grayish but can be nearly black and have a single orange or yellow band just behind the head. Their bellies are yellow to orange. They generally measure no more than 15 inches in length.

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