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Is A Black Snake With Yellow Rings Around His Body Poisonous?

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There are many different species of snakes in the continental US.  Many are poisonous but most are non venomous.  A snake that is black with yellow bands around the body is most likely a common king snake and a non venomous specimen.  These snakes are thought to bring luck if found in your neighborhood because they attack venomous snakes to protect themselves making it less likely you will run into a venomous snake in the area.  The king snake is also a common aquarium pet for curious children who are exploring nature. 

By asking the question, it shows that you are interested in educating yourself and this is always a good sign for parents and educators.  Curiosity and exploration of the things that surround us are part of what forms our thoughts opinions and beliefs.  Knowing the creatures that live and thrive in your geographic area is very important and could save you from potentially deadly consequences. 

In most south-eastern states, the western diamond back rattle snake is the biggest threat and most commonly sighted or heard snake.  These are poisonous and can be deadly if bites are left untreated or your body’s reaction is stronger than the average reaction.  If you happen to be in an area where there is dense vegetation and you hear a rattle of a rattle snake, stop, don’t move, survey the area and locate the snake.  If he got quiet as you stopped, he is likely right in front of you.

Coral and certain other snakes with like coloring have inspired rhymes to aide in memorizing keys to telling the venomous snakes from the non venomous ones.  The order of the bands distinguishes between the non-venomous mimics and the venomous coral snakes, making the rhymes "Red on yellow, kill a fellow; "Red on black, friend of Jack”; and "Red into black, venom lack; red into yellow, kill a fellow.”  These, however only reliably apply to coral snakes native to North America.
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Okay so far know one has gotten an answer! I had one in my backyard yesterday he was about 30 inches and about as big around as a quarter. Someone please let me know how I can find out. Black with yellow rings the full length of his body about 2 to 3 inches apart.
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If it is just black with yellow rings, I think you are talking about the eastern king snake.  Which is not poisonous, but will eat other poisonous snakes.
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I believe that you saw a king snake.  If so, don't kill it!  It is called a king snake because it kills other snakes, which is a great way to control poisonous snakes around your house.
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Sounds like a ringneck snake...they're really small and have a yellow belly too.  They're harmless
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Look up "Glass Lizard".  It usually does not have legs and looks like a snake.  It is glossy black with very thin bands of green very close together the whole length of its body and has a yellow belly. (or at least the one my daughter found  in Florida) She had an expert identify it since we could not find a picture of it anywhere.
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I can't find anything on it either. My neighbor found on in his shed today
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I am pretty sure what you saw is a standard Northern Water Snake. They come in a variety of colors and a snake that fits that description is fairly common. Google it and see.
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I don't know, but I found one under my front door, and I would like to find out myself
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We saw a black snake with yellow bands down his entire body this past weekend at the lake, also swimming toward us.  It was about 5 feet in length and as big around as my arm!  I've looked all over the internet trying to find out what it was.  This thing never slowed down, came at us while we were all splashing around in the water.
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I want to know the answer too.  I saw a small black snake with yellow rings around its body in my pond.  I just had the idea it was an innocent water snake.  I can't find this snake's picture anywhere so far.
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I wish I could figure this out I had one under my house yesterday I can't seem to find anything about them any where !!
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Ok my roof is invested with these snakes not going home til someone can get rid of them I was scared to death!!!!
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I can't believe that no one can name this snake. We found one in our garage last night and can't find it anywhere on the internet. I was plenty frightened; but was I frightened enough?
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I think it has venom in it, but doesn't use it.....they are found in a lot of pet trades

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