Question by  Gavy (111)

What is a black snake with a yellow stripe on the side?

Is it dangerous?


Answer by  dlsim1947 (26)

The Queen snake ranges in color from olive gray to black to brown with a yellow stripe on each side of the body; the Queen snake can be found in the eastern United States. Since its mouth is too small to inflict a harmful bite, the most dangerous aspect of the Queen snake is its especially smelly feces.


Answer by  bigdog22 (308)

If in the United States, this is likely a Garter snake, which have a stripe from head to tail as you describe. It is not dangerous/ poisonous.


Answer by  Dana46 (2345)

These snakes are popular throughout the US, and are often called garter snakes, although they have different regional names. They are harmless to humans and will keep your area rodent free.


Answer by  jcsmith (23)

There are several species it could be, a Western Yellow Ribbon Snake (not poisonous), a Striped Garter Snake (not poisonous), just to name a couple. More information is needed as to size of snake and where it was seen, and the shape of its head.


Answer by  getoutdoors1 (40)

The reptile in questions sounds like the common Garter Snake. These snakes are not dangerous and are sometimes kept as pets.


Answer by  girlygirl (58)

Western ribbon snakes are black or dark gray with yellow stipes on the side. They are common harmless snakes than can be found in dark cool moist soil or mulch.

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