1. K-State home
  2. »Behavior
  3. »Snakes
  4. »Prairie kingsnake - Lampropeltis calligaster

Behavioral Ecology

Prairie kingsnake - Lampropeltis calligaster




  • 30-42 inches total length
  • Found on rocky hillsides with open woods, prairie grasslands, and sand prairie
  • Active during day when cool, at night when hot
  • Feed on small mammals, small snakes and lizards


Interesting fact:
  • Prairie kingsnakes will sometimes emerge from hibernation and become active on warm days in winter.