Milk Snakes and Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis)

Common Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getulus

Southeastern Scarlet Kingsnake, L. elapsoides

The Common Kingsnake is described as having smooth scales, glossy, with light-colored centers; chocolate-brown to black, with crossbands, chain links, blotches, stripes, or speckles. Its preferred habitat is pine woodlands, marshes, swamps, valleys, rocky hillsides, grasslands, deserts and plots saturated with chaparral. Having a kingsnake around the house is a good thing as its diet consists of other snakes (especially poisonous snakes), lizards, toads and ground beetles.

Speckled Kingsnake, L. getulus holbrooki
(Photos courtesy Dr. A. Diamond, Evergreen, Alabama)

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