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Prairie Kingsnake

The Prairie Kingsnakes do not bear poison but would secrete a foul-smelling musk if threatened. These are medium size serpents and are spread across a wide range in the United States.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Lampropeltis
    Scientific Name L. calligaster


    Length 30-40 inches
    Color Gray or light brown blotches in dark brown, dark grey, or rusty that run down the length of their bodies
    Distribution Midwestern and southeastern United States, from Nebraska to Virginia, Florida to Texas
    Habitat Open grassland close to some water source, with dry and loose at the edge of forest areas
    Diet Lizards, frogs and rarely other snakes
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 17 eggs

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    Published on December 17th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 10th June 2019.

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