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Scarlet Kingsnake

Scarlet kingsnake is a species of nonvenomous snake found in the United States. The species is nocturnal, secretive and fossorial.  The snake is adept in climbing.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Lampropeltis
    Scientific Name Lampropeltis elapsoides


    Other Names Scarlet milksnake, Scarlet snake
    Length 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 in); largest recorded specimen measures 68.4 cm (26.9 in)
    Weight Around 2.77 lb
    Color Coloration includes black, red, yellow and white banding
    Distribution Southeastern and eastern United States
    Habitat Pinelands, prairies, hardwood hammocks, cultivated fields, suburban areas
    Diet Small lizards, rodents, other small snakes
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Black bears, bobcats, hawks, skunks, opossums, raccoons
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season March to June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 9 eggs
    Incubation Period 45 to 65 days
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan 10 to 15 years of age

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    Published on January 16th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

    One Response to "Scarlet Kingsnake"

    1. ira g says:

      Question. How thick does a full grown Scarlet king snake get? I know they can grow to 20 in or more I just would like to know the thickness of an adult?

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