Speckled Kingsnake (Speckled King Snake)

Family: 
Colubridae (nonvenomous snakes) in the order Squamata (lizards and snakes)
Description: 

This handsome snake is generally black. A white or yellow spot in the center of most of the scales causes it to look speckled. The belly is yellowish with some irregular black markings. Like the rest of our kingsnakes, the speckled kingsnake vibrates its tail when alarmed.

Size: 
Length averages from 36 to 48 inches (91-122 cm).
Habitat and conservation: 
The speckled kingsnake can be found under rocks, logs or boards on rocky, wooded hillsides or near farm buildings.
Foods: 
It feeds on lizards, snakes and small rodents.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Statewide.
Status: 
Common. Another common name for this species is "salt-and-pepper snake."