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  • body color clearly broken
  • snake without rattle
  • without light-colored longitudinal stripes
  • without light-colored ring around neck
  • usually longer than 15 inches, not colored as above
  • red or red-orange belly
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Uniformly scarlet or red-orange belly, three usually well defined light blotches just behind the head. uniformly scarlet <image courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources>

Bright red belly, conspicuously marked with a row of black spots along each side. bright red belly <image courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources>
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