Throughout Midwest and Eastern United States & Eastern Canada. North Dakota to Nova Scotia, Texas to Florida. Small populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in Eastern Wyoming
Terrestrial. Deciduous and mixed woodlands & forests. Often hide under bark, rocks, leaf litter, and logs.
Adult length between 8-16 inches long. Typically reddish brown with a bright red ventral side. White throat & chin. Occasionally have 1-5 dorsal stripes. Three light spots found around the base of the head, may blend together to form a collar pattern.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians