Central southwest United States, from southeast Arizona through southern and central New Mexico into west Texas. Also stretches into central Mexico.
Will be found in any rural habitat within its range, most often near permanent sources of water.
This black and yellow snake with smooth, glossy scales typically grows to a length of 3-4 feet, but can reach 6 feet. Its head and neck are primarily black, with some yellow speckling around the mouth and face. The rest of the body is finely speckled yellow and black, with solid black irregular blotches down the center of the snake's back. There is usually a single row of yellow scales between each black blotch. Ventrum is solid black down the center, with yellow blotches along the sides.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians