- The scientific name of Prairie Kingsnake is Lampropeltis calligaster.
- This snake is also commonly known as yellow-bellied kingsnake.
- The colours of this kingsnake are normally light grey or light purple with dark brown or reddish blotches.
- 2 oblong behind the head and darker blotches on both sides of the body.
- Prairie kingsnake has fine and smooth scales.
- Having V shape head.
- The snake is active from April to October.
- And nocturnal during summer season.
- It is non-aggressive, calm and rarely biting snake hence can be well kept in captivity.
- As it is non-venomous snake, it helps farmer in curbing rodent pest population and venomous snakes.
- Located in western Indiana and Texas.
- Found also near southern of Iowa.
- Mating happened from April to May every year.
- They lay 8 to 18 eggs per clutch.
- Eggs are Laid from June to July.
- Eggs hatched from August to September.
- Hatchling: 7 to 9 inches inches long.
- Adult: Up to 42 inches long.
- They can live up to 15 years or more.
Prairie Kingsnake Food and Feeding
- They normally eat rodents, mice, birds, bird eggs, snakes, frogs, lizards and reptile eggs.
- As their name implied, as kingsnake, they eat venomous snake and yet immune to the venom.
- If you have a Prairie Kingsnake as a pet, you need to provide a bowl of clean water in the enclosure.
- They live in open grassland and field with dry soil at the forest edges.
- However, sometimes they are found in pastures and sand prairies.
- That is the main reason they are named as Prairie.
- Their habitat is always near the source of water.