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Mexican Black Kingsnake

Mexican black kingsnake is a medium sized snake belonging to the colubrid family and a subspecies of the common kingsnake. This subspecies is quite different from the others in terms of behavior, coloration, and habitat preference. Its head is not distinct from the neck.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Lampropeltis
    Species Lampropeltis getula
    Scientific Name Lampropeltis getula nigrita

    Other Names Desert Black, Western Black Kingsnake
    Length 3 to 4 ft (average)
    Weight Between 3 and 4 lbs
    Color Dorsal and ventral color is black, some members are faded; eyes are dark
    Distribution Sonora desert, northwestern Sinaloa (Mexico), few regions of Arizona
    Habitat Rocky areas, semi-arid grasslands, places with dense vegetation
    Diet Small rodents, lizards, birds, eggs, other snakes
    Hibernation Period Hibernates for 2 – 3 months
    Predators Hawks, owls,  foxes, coyotes, feral cats
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 6 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period 42 to 56 days
    Reproductive Age Around 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20 to 30 years

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    Published on September 14th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 21st August 2018.

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