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Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis pyromelana


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Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake
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Family: Colubridae, Colubrid Snakes view all from this family

Description Very similar to coral snake, same pattern on its body, except instead on yellow, the kingsnake has white crossbands. Tri-colored, red, black and white stripes. 23-25 rows of keeled scales. Single anal plate.

Dimensions 50.8-104.1cm. (20-41")

Subspecies Arizona - 43 rings on body. Arizona to New Mexico into Mexico.
Utah - white body rings cross belly. Nevada to Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Breeding Breeds springtime. 3-6 eggs laid June-July. Hatch after 2 1/2-3 months. 8.8-10cm (9-10") long when born.

Habitat Chaparral woodlands, pine forests and mountain regions. Also canyons.

Range Arizona to Mexico. Also Utah and Nevada.

Discussion Lizards and rodents form main diet. Longevity in captivity is 18 years.