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Re: black with yellow bands
Oh, don't worry, it was indeed a Kingsnake, it just doesn't look like all the other Kingsnakes on the World Wide Web.
The Kingsnake species is one of the most widespread in the Americas, stretching from coast to coast, and exhibiting a lot of variation in this vast range. I suspect you saw a lot of pages about California Kingsnakes, which are very popular in the pet trade, and are seen allover the Web. Try looking here: NC Snakes
I bet one of these looks like your friend!
: I am in SW SC, about 45mi SE of Augusta.
: I found a black snake with yellow bands
: around it, beautiful snake and
: everything I find calls it a king
: snake, but the pictures of kings just
: do not match what I saw. The yellow
: bands were beautiful! It was over 2 ft
: long and just mossying on its way..
: Any clue?
The Appalachian Naturalist