Desert Kingsnake

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Desert Kingsnake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Desert Kingsnake is Lampropeltis Getula Splendida


  • It is commonly known as “Common Kingsnake”.
  • It was formally known as Sonoran Kingsnake.
  • Interbreeding with Speckled Snake happened at Eastern of Texas.
  • Yellow and blank in colour with variation of patterns on the smooth and shiny scales.
  • They are nocturnal animals, meaning that the snake will become active at late evening and night.
  • This animal is secretive, it always hides beneath the logs in wild.
  • They are considered as medium-sized snakes, non-venomous and makes good pet snake.
  • They are immune to venomous snakes.


  • Central and South Western of Texas.
  • Desert regions, South Eastern Arizona.
  • Sonora of Mexico


  • Early summer.
  • At age of 3 to 4.


  • 4 to 20 eggs per clutch between May and August.
  • The eggs hatch after 48 to 80 days.


  • Hatchling: 7 to 10 inches.
  • Adult: 36 to 45 inches.

Life Span

  • 10 to 25 years.

Desert Kingsnake Food and Feeding

  • Main diets are rodents, mice, rats, eggs, lizards, and other snakes.
  • In captivity, suggested 3 to 5 days feeding frequency with small mice or pinkies.

Natural Habitat

  • A habitat generalist.
  • They are normally found at places like marshes, grassland, chaparral, riparian areas, desert, farmland, forest or woodlands.

More information for Pet Lovers

  • The snake is docile and quite calm if regular handling in captivity.
  • Great collection for exotic pet lover collection.