Found throughout most of the continental United States, into Canada and small population occurs in north central Mexico. Absent from Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.
Wide range of habitats include fields, forests, prairies, wetlands, marshes, and grasslands. Usually found near water.
Extreme variability in coloration depending on location & individual. Most individuals have pattern of yellow, white, or tan stripes on a brown, black, or green background. Some populations have spots or mottled patterning. Average adult length is 22 inches, but may reach up to 54 inches long.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians