Northern Scarletsnake (Northern Scarlet Snake)
A small to medium-sized, multicolored snake with a pointed head. The back has wide orange or red incomplete bands, bordered by narrow black bands, over a white or light yellow ground color. Large individuals may have some black pigment in the red bands. The snout is usually red or orange. The belly is spotless and white or cream colored.
Similar species: The red milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum syspila) is more common in our state and looks similar. Its snout is usually not orange or red, and its belly is boldly marked with black and white (not spotless and white).