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Kingsnake Scarlet

Kingsnake Scarlet
Species Name:
Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides
Not venomous

Common Name:
Kingsnake Scarlet

Species Name:
Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides


KSNPC status is: Special Concern


Adults reach 3 1/2' in length. Red snout and red, black & yellow rings. Red and yellow rings do not touch. Slender and cylindrical. scarlet snake has a Plain white belly. Eastern red milk snake has a row of brown to reddish brown blotches with black borders.


Eats rodents, lizards, birds, and snakes. Secretive and often found in rotting stumps and logs. May hiss and strike.

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