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Kingsnakes species profile.

Reptiles Magazine 1202
Viper Boa
H.R. 2811 And USARK

Kingsnakes (genus Lampropeltis) are found in the United States, Canada, Mexico, into Central America and South America. Kingsnakes on average, are approximately 3 feet in length, although certain members of the group can reach over 6 feet in length. Many kingsnakes are "coral snake mimics" with vibrant reds, blacks and white/yellows arranged in an attractive ringed pattern. Others are banded with white and black, have a beautiful spotted pattern or may be uniform glossy black.

Cages should be roomy and escape-proof, with several hiding areas. Substrates that work well include pine shavings, newsprint, indoor/outdoor carpeting or paper toweling. These animals do best with ventral heating–provide a heater on the bottom of one side of the cage setting up a temperature range from which the animal can select its preferred body temperature.


These snakes can be maintained on adult mice.

Photo: Dick Bartlett