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Joan, Veterinary Technician
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We have a fairly small black and white stripe snake on our

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We have a fairly small black and white stripe snake on our front porch. The stripes go around the body not with the lenght of the body. Is this snake a danger to people and pets? We are in the Phoenix, AZ area if that is helpful to you.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 6 years ago.


This sounds like you havea small King snake basking on your porch. These are not Harmful to pets or humans. The will eat small rodents and insects. Joan

California Kingsnakes will not

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The black stripes and the white stripes were of equal width with the snake that showed up today. The snake pictured has very narrow white stripes and does not look the same."Our" snake seemed more white. The snake above appears more black.
Expert:  Joan replied 6 years ago.


The stripes can Vary in with and size. This is a baby picture that I posted. It is one of the few black and white banded snakes. Joan

California Kingsnake

Edited by Joan on 12/4/2010 at 1:58 AM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Are there any black and white banded snakes in Arizona that are poisonious?
Expert:  Joan replied 6 years ago.


This is a link of Venomous snakes in AZ:

You can look over the pictures, but these are not banded snakes like you have described. Please look them over and see if any resemble the snake you had seen. Joan

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