Elaphe guttata (Linnaeus, 1766)



A fairly large -- 76-122 cm -- relatively slender snake that is orange, reddish brown, brown, or grey with 27-40 squarish black-margined brown or reddish blotches. The belly is checkered with white and black markings, resembling a piano keyboard or Indian corn. Other distinguishing characteristics include a spear-shaped blotch on top of the head, pointing toward the nose, black stripes on either side of the bottom of the tail, smooth scales, and a stripe extending from the back of the eye past the corner of the jaw.