I attribute my name, as you can guess, to the five rows of irregular spots on my body. These spots, brown or black-rimmed red, decorate a pale gray or brown background. One can observe a pale V, Y or spearhead shaped spot on the top of my head.
Our breeding season is in the spring or early summer. We are oviparous, which means that the female lays eggs that will hatch in August or September. Our young stand out with bright red spots on a very pale background along their entire body.
We are unusual in Québec, confined to the extreme south-west. Urban sprawl and road density unfortunately do not help our survival.
Between 60 and 90cm
Brushy fields, fallows, rocky hills, glades and pastures. Sometimes in dense forests, even in the mountains.
Rodents, small birds, eggs, nestlings, other types of snakes