Eastern Kingsnake

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Eastern Kingsnake

Scientific Name

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


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


  • Throughout the eastern United States.


  • Mating happened in the spring.


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


  • The adult size of the snakes is 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 kingsnakes, Eastern kingsnakes eat other snakes, including venomous snakes.
  • Other food sources are rodents, birds, eggs, and lizards.

Snake Habitat

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