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 Florida Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula floridana)




Florida Kingsnake | Lampropeltis getula-floridana photo
Southern Florida Kingsnake

Photograph by danteclaus / J B. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

FLORIDA KINGSNAKE FACTS

Description
The Florida Kingsnake is brown or dull yellow with more than 40 white to yellowish crossbands, overlaid on a chain mesh pattern of scales. The scales between the crossbands become paler with age, and may eventually become the same color as the crossbands. The underside has a black and white checkered pattern. Juveniles may have some red or orange coloration in the crossbands, and the dark bands are more black. The Florida Kingsnake is mainly terrestrial and active during the day.

Size
length 90cm - 120cm. Can grow to 175cm

Environment
pine forest, hardwood hammocks, prairies, marshes, estuaries, farmland

Food
other snakes including rattlesnakes, lizards, frogs, rodents, birds, eggs

Breeding
The Florida Kingsnake is oviparous, laying clutches of 6 - 18 eggs in early summer. The eggs hatch in 50 to 65 days. Newborns are 12cm - 20cm long.

Range
found only in Florida in United States. It occurs throughout the peninsula from Volusia County to the tip of Florida, excluding the keys.

Notes
The Florida Kingsnake is non-venomous and harmless to humans - it seldom bites.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Lampropeltis
Species:getula floridana
Common Name:Florida Kingsnake


Relatives in same Genus
  Gray-banded Kingsnake (L. alterna)
  Prairie Kingsnake (L. calligaster calligaster)
  Mole Kingsnake (L. calligaster rhombomaculata)
  California Kingsnake (L. getula californiae)
  Eastern Kingsnake (L. getula getula)
  Speckled Kingsnake (L. getula holbrooki)
  Desert Kingsnake (L. getula splendida)
  Mexican Kingsnake (L. mexicana mexicana)
  Mexican Milk Snake (L. triangulum annulata)
  Pueblan Milk Snake (L. triangulum campbelli)
  Scarlet Kingsnake (L. triangulum elapsoides)
  Honduran Milk Snake (L. triangulum hondurensis)
  Nelson's Milk Snake (L. triangulum nelsoni)
  Sinaloan Milk Snake (L. triangulum sinaloae)
  Red Milk Snake (L. triangulum syspila)
  Milk Snake (L. triangulum triangulum)
  San Diego Mountain Kingsnake (L. zonata pulchra)