Grey Banded Kingsnake

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Grey Banded Kingsnake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Grey Banded Kingsnake is Lampropeltis alterna


  • This is a non-venomous and calm species.
  • The snakes are colorful, with alternating color bands with grey bands in between.
  • They are nocturnal animals, which means that they are active at night.


  • These beautiful snakes are found in the Trans-Pecos-Chihuahuan desert.
  • Western Texas and Northern Mexico.


  • In the wild, breed after hibernation.


  • About 30 days after breeding.
  • 4 to 14 eggs are laid per clutch.
  • 55 to 60 days of incubation.


  • Hatchlings are about 8 to 12 inches long.
  • The adult size of the snake is about 20 to 48 inches long.

Life Span

  • The snakes live up to 20 to 25 years.


  • They are not easy to feed, especially the hatchlings.
  • Newly born pinkies should be fine to be fed on hatchlings.
  • In the wild, food resources are rodents, lizards, frogs, eggs, and other snakes.
  • In captivity, pinkies and lizards are recommended by the pet hobbyists.
  • 4 to 7 days feeding frequency.
  • A small clean fresh water bowl is needed.

Snake Habitat and Vivarium Housing

  • The habitat of the snake is located in a semi-humid climate area.
  • They inhabit the rocky area, canyons, desert flats, cliffs, and mountainous areas.
  • A hiding box should be provided in captivity.

Common Disease

  • Respiratory problems may result in high humidity.
  • Humidity should be kept low at all times.

More Snake information

  • The calm characteristics, colorful, and small size make them popular in the exotic pet community.