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Kingsnake Black

Kingsnake Black
Species Name:
Lampropeltis getulus
Not venomous

Common Name:
Kingsnake Black

Species Name:
Lampropeltis getulus


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Very shiny or glossy black with variable amounts of yellow or white crossbands that may resemble a "chain-link" pattern. Often gives rise to a salt and pepper appearance. Adults can reach 3 to 4' in length.


Eats snakes, lizards, mice, birds, and eggs. Occurs in a variety of habitats but often found near water. When cornered will vibrate tail, hiss, and strike.

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