Black Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula nigra

Black Kingsnake

Black Kingsnake Juvenile

Juvenile Juvenile
Photo by Robert Rold Photography Photo by Eric Williams
Adult Black Kingsnake Black Kingsnake juvenile
Adult Juvenile
Photo by Robert Rold Photography Photo by Robert Rold Photography

Description:  The Black Kingsnake ranges in size from 3-4 feet.  Coloration is black with faint white to cream colored markings in a chain-like pattern.  As the snake ages, the pattern may be lost, resulting in a mostly black snake.  The scales are smooth and the anal plate is single.

Habitat:  Found in a wide variety of habitats including open woodlands and fields.  Usually found in dry environments.

Behavior:  Kingsnakes regularly eat other snakes, including venomous ones.  They also eat small mammals, lizards and eggs of various birds, lizards and turtles.

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