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 Gray-banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna)




Gray-banded Kingsnake | Lampropeltis alterna photo
Lampropeltis alterna

Photograph by Patrick JEAN / muséum d'histoire naturelle de Nantes. License: copyright free.  (view image details)

GRAY-BANDED KINGSNAKE FACTS

Description
The Grey-banded Kingsnake is variable in color and pattern. There is two main variations: "Blairs" form has wide orange-red banding, and the "Alterna" form has narrow orange-red banding. The background color is light or dark gray. Some specimens lack the orange or red banding. They have a fairly wide head and large eyes with round pupils. Grey-banded Kingsnakes are nocturnal and secretive and rarely seen in the wild.

Size
average length 70cm - 100cm. Can grow to 140cm

Environment
Rocky canyons, mountain ridges, rocky slopes and boulder piles. Sometimes found in desert flats.

Food
lizards, rodents, and sometimes frogs.

Breeding
oviparous. Female lays clutches of 3 - 13 eggs in early summer, which hatch after about 9 weeks. Hatchlings are around 25cm long.

Range
found in western Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Chihuahua in Mexico.

Notes
The Grey-banded Kingsnake is non-venomous, fairly docile and not prone to biting. It is popular in the reptile pet trade and is commonly kept in captivity. They are often bred in captivity and cross breeding with other species of Kingsnake is becoming more common.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Lampropeltis
Species:alterna
Common Name:Gray-banded Kingsnake


Relatives in same Genus
  Prairie Kingsnake (L. calligaster calligaster)
  Mole Kingsnake (L. calligaster rhombomaculata)
  California Kingsnake (L. getula californiae)
  Florida Kingsnake (L. getula floridana)
  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)