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Desert Kingsnake

A supspecies of the kingsnake, the Desert Kingsnake is a non-poisonous, pied-colored snake that can attain an average to large size. They are known for their play-dead’ defense mechanism, if they fail to escape when attacked or they feel threatened.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Lampropeltis
    Scientific Name Lampropeltis getula
    Subspecies L. g. splendida


    Length 3–4 feet
    Color Yellow and black
    Distribution Texas, Arizona and New Mexico
    Habitat Any rural habitat within its range but most likely found in mesic areas like water tanks or within riparian corridors
    Diet Rodents, lizards, and smaller snakes, including rattlesnakes
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season between March and June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 12 eggs

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    Published on December 14th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 15th May 2019.

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