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Desert Kingsnake Great Southwest

Desert Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getulas

Biome: Great Southwest

Classification: Reptiles

Biography: A desert kingsnake is a nonvenomous snake that can grow to 48 inches in length. The kingsnake is immune to the bite of our native venomous snakes and can safely consume rattlesnakes and coral snakes. Lizards, small mammals and birds are included in this constrictor's diet. It will also burrow into the soil in search of reptile eggs detected by its excellent sense of smell. In late June or July, females lay 5-12 eggs. The eggs are usually deposited underground to help keep them moist in such a dry environment. This desert snake is well adapted for life in an arid habitat and can be found from Arizona to Texas.

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