Southeastern United States. Primarily found in southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.
Primarily fossorial. Habitats include deserts, scrublands, grasslands, and low-elevation woodlands.
Venomous, considered dangerous to humans.
Adult length up to 24 inches. Small, slender body with brightly colored bands occuring in red, yellow, and cream with black bands that encircle body. Red bands touch the yellow/cream bands. Head is black and not discernable from neck. Tail lacks red bands. Eyes small and solid black in color.
Distinguished from similar colored Milksnakes & Kingsnakes by banding patterns.
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