Eastern Kingsnake

Eastern Kingsnake

Scientific Name

  • Eastern kingsnake’s scientific name is Lampropeltis getula getula.

Description

  • It is also known as Common Kingsnake or Chain Kingsnake.
  • They have smooth and shiny scales
  • You may find black colour with yellowish spots or bands on the back and sides of the snake.

Distribution

  • Throughout the eastern of United States.

Breeding

  • Mating happened in the spring.

Nesting

  • Eggs are laid in June or July.
  • The incubation period is about 60 to 75 days.
  • 10 to 18 eggs per clutch.

Size

  • Adult size of the snakes are around 35 inches to 50 inches.

Life Span

The snakes live up to 10 to 15 years.

Eastern Kingsnake Food and Feeding

  • Similar to other kingsnake, Eastern Kingsnake eat other snakes, including venomous snakes.
  • Other food sources are rodents, birds, eggs, and lizards.

Snake Habitat

  • Most likely found at the wetlands.
  • Hardwood forest, pine forest, mixed pine-hardwood forest, margins of hardwood swamps and freshwater marshes, and along creeks and streams.
  • Commonly seen at terrestrial areas.