Splendida King Snake

Licorice

Splendida King Snake

Place of Birth:

USA and Mexico: The Desert Kingsnake is a subspecies of kingsnake native to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. It is found in central and south Texas westward, across southern New Mexico, to southeastern Arizona, southward to San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas, Mexico. In Mexico it ranges as far west as Sonora.

Eating Habits:

This snake is known to be a powerful constrictor, therefore its diet consists mostly of rodents, lizards, mice, rats, birds, and eggs. Because of its resistance to pitviper venom, the desert kingsnake can also consume young diamondback rattlesnakes that are common within its range.

Quick Facts:

Scientific Name Lampropeltis getula splendida
Size Up to 6.5 feet but more commonly around 3-4 feet.
Color The overall dorsal coloration is dark brown or black heavily speckled with yellow. The belly is essentially black.
Lifespan They live 10-20 years on average.
Eco Status Least Concern

Habitat:

Contrary to what it’s common name would lead you to believe, this kingsnake is not a true arid land dweller. While it may occasionally be found in arid areas, it is much more abundant in Mesquite covered brush land, generally not far from some source of water.

Animal’s Behaviour

The Desert Kingsnake (also know as the Sonoran Kingsnake) is a docile creature. When coming face to face with humans, if they do not try to escape, often they will “play dead” by flipping over onto their backs and lying motionless. It has been reported that if a pretending snake is flipped back into its natural position, it will flip itself over again, defeating the purpose of pretending to be dead. It is a nocturnal species, usually active only during the late afternoon and evening hours. It is secretive, spending much of its time hiding beneath logs and debris. Courtship and copulation occurs between the months of March and June, with clutches of 5 to 12 adhesive-surfaced eggs deposited in late June or July, sometimes buried as deeply as a foot to prevent drying through their moisture-permeable shells. After about 60 days of incubation the 8- to 10-inch long hatchlings, weighing about a fifth of an ounce, emerge.