Prairie Kingsnake

Prairie kingsnake Prairie kingsnake

Scientific Name:

  • Lampropeltis calligaster

Description:

  • 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's 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.

Distribution:

  • Located in western Indiana and Texas
  • Found also near southen of Iowa

Breeding:

  • Mating in April to May

Nesting:

  • Egg-bearing
  • 8 to 18 eggs per clutch
  • Laid in June to July
  • Eggs hatch in August to September

Size:

  • Hatchling: 7 to 9 inches inches long
  • Adult: Up to 42 inches long

Life Span:

  • 15 years or more

Diet:

  • Rodents, mice, birds, bird eggs, snakes, frogs, lizards and reptile eggs.
  • As kingsnake, they eat and yet immuned to venomous snakes
  • A bowl of clean water should be provided in captivity

Habitat:

  • Open grassland and field with dry soil at the forest edges
  • Sometimes they are found in pastures and sand prairies
  • Near the source of water
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