Most of the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico; from Nova Scotia, southern Quebec, and southern Ontario to San Luis Potosi.
Inhabits a variety of regions from woodlands to grasslands to riparian corridors. Usually stay in moist areas. During the day, takes shelter under logs, rocks, and stumps. Females lay eggs in the dirt or under natural protection.
Inhabits one of the largest geographic ranges of any North American snake. Gray base color with orangish or yellowish stripe around neck and orangish or yellowish belly. Base color can sometimes be black or tan. Body is slender and scales are smooth. Females lay eggs from June to July; clutches range from 1 to 18 eggs.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians