Black Snake Yellow Stripes?

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Depending on your location, a black snake with yellow stripes or bands could be one of several different species.

If you live in the United States, the most common possibilities are the common garter snake, the patchnose snake, or the Eastern kingsnake. The common garter or ribbon snake is endemic to North America and Central America. The common garter snake averages 16-35 inches in length and appears as black or brownish in color with yellow or blue lateral stripes. The patchnose snake, a non-venomous snake found throughout the United States, averages around 36 inches in length, also appears black with lateral yellow, tan, or orange stripes. If the stripes are not lateral on the snake's body, but appear in tan or yellow rings, it may be an Eastern kingsnake. Eastern kingsnakes grow between 36 and 48 inches, and are particularly common in George and South Carolina.

None of these snakes are poisonous, but they can all bite. It's generally not a good idea to handle wild animals without some kind of training, so leave the removal of any snakes to a professional.
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A black snake with yellow stripes may be a ribbon snake, a striped racer or a garter snake.
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