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Behavioral Ecology

Common kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula




  • 36-48 inches total length
  • Found in moist areas of open woodlands and open prairies
  • Active during day when cool, at night when hot
  • Feed on rodents, small birds, eggs, lizards and snakes


Interesting fact:
  • Because kingsnakes are predators on reptiles, they are a good species to have around.  They are known to capture and eat venomous snakes and are immune to the toxins of venomous snakes within the same area.  Sadly, many of these beautiful and beneficial snakes are killed by people who believe that all snakes are venomous.