Author Topic: Speckled kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki)  (Read 1991 times)

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Speckled kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki)
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2011, 01:17:51 AM »

Claim to fame: This non-venomous reptile is popular among people who like snakes because of its distinct coloration and because of the help it provides in controlling venomous snake populations. When alarmed, speckled kingsnakes often vibrate their tails in dry vegetation (imitating a rattlesnake) or produce a foul-smelling musk. Speckled kingsnakes (and other species of kingsnakes) are noted for their ability to kill venomous snake species. They can do this because they are immune to the venom of pit vipers native to Missouri such as copperheads, cottonmouths and rattlesnakes.

Species status: Speckled kingsnakes occur throughout Missouri and surrounding states.

Family matters: The speckled kingsnake belongs to the family Colubridae. This family contains about 1,800 species worldwide, 31 of which reside in Missouri.

Length: Adults average 30 to 42 inches in length (and are occasionally longer).

Diet: Speckled kingsnakes live on a diet of rodents, bird eggs, small birds, lizards and other snakes.

Distinguishing characteristics: Speckled kingsnakes have a shiny black base color that is covered with small yellowish-white spots.

Life span: 20-25 years

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