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black snake with yellow stripes?
Posted by Sandy on September 3, 2010, 1:05 pm
We live in Md. and have found what looks to be a family of black snakes. THe largest is about 5 feet long and is black with yellow strips going down the length of its body. Then there a several smaller snakes about 12-18 inches long that look just like the big one. The smallest are more of a greenish color with the yellow striping? Any ideas what these are and are they harmful?
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