This is a fairly common snake over most of the state. Overall color is tan, brownish-gray or greenish-gray. Numerous dark blotches down the back and sides are brown, reddish or greenish-brown. The belly is yellowish-tan covered by blocky, brown markings. Young or newly hatched prairie kingsnakes often are confused with the venomous copperhead. Kingsnakes have round markings on their back while copperheads have hourglass-shaped markings.