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Queen Snake

Queen snake is a species of relatively small, non-poisonous snake, belonging to the colubrid family, found only in North America. The species is semi-aquatic and diurnal, but also moves and hunts at night.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Natricinae
    Genus Regina
    Scientific Name Regina septemvittata


    Length 15 to 24 in; largest recorded specimen measures 37 in
    Color Olive to gray or dark brown overall color with yellow or peach stripes running down the length of the body; four marked dark stripes on the underside; cream to yellow belly
    Distribution Western New York, Wisconsin, Alabama, northern Florida, southwestern Ontario
    Habitat Riparian corridors, along shallow streams having a rocky bottom with plenty of shrubby floodplain, wetland habitats, along the edges of ponds, canals and ditches
    Diet Mainly crayfish, also feeds on frogs, tadpoles, snails, newts, fairy shrimp, minnows
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes brumation during winter
    Predators Raccoons, mink, otters, hawks, herons; juveniles fall prey to large frogs and fishes
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Spring and autumn
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 5 to 20 young
    Gestation Period 3 to 4 months
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 19.3 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 2nd 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 11th May 2019.

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