It's what we call a chicken snake[also rat snake]....it will climb trees to steal eggs[eggs being it's main diet] if you have wrens, sparrows, robins, cardinals, purple martins or any othe small birds nesting then you may have saved them some grief. The best way to catch this egg sucker is to watch the birds...they know him, and will dive bomb him to drive him away!:up:thanks for the help. Needless to say my wife didn't care what kind it was she just wanted it out and away from the girls. After I got it in the trash can my oldest wanted to see it and she said "its beautiful." She's almost 3 and kept wanting to look at it. I figured it wasn't a poisonous one so I released it in a field a 1/2 mile up the road. I guess with all the rainfall we had over the last weekend it got lost. I don't live anywhere near water, and I guess it thought that sleeping on my patio was a good idea.
Good Call CP....it does have the "v" of a caligastor:up:I was taught that is a Arkansas Prairie King Snake. Note the short dark v on the head, the "no neck look" as head and body blend...Yep...It is a King.
This species can be distinguished from the less common Great Plains Rat Snake in several ways. For one, the head of the Prairie Kingsnake is comparatively much smaller; the Great Plains Rat Snake has a distinct neck. Two, the general body shape of Kingsnakes is roundish, whereas Rat Snakes are cross-sectioned like a "loaf of bread". Three, the Great Plains Rat Snake (a close relative of the Corn Snake) has a bold, black-and-white checkered belly. Finally, the darker stripe running through the eye ends at the jaw line in the Prairie Kingsnake, but continues onto the neck in the Great Plains Rat Snake.