Desert Kingsnake

Desert Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getulas

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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 constrictors 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.

Our Animal's Story

Gomez is an active snake, especially for his old age! He hatched in 1994 and is still busy climbing most days.

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