Latin nameLampropeltis getulus niger
Western West Virginia to eastern Illinois, and south to northwestern Georgia and northern Alabama.
Range in Ohio
Ohio is at the northern limit of the Black Kingsnake's range. This snake is found only in a few counties in the south-central part of the state.
Dry, rocky hillsides and prairies, open woods, and stream valleys. In Ohio this snake seems to prefer the bottomlands of the Ohio and Scioto Rivers.