Common Kingsnake

Common Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) Description: 36-82″ (91.4-208.3 cm). A large chocolate brown to black kingsnake with a highly variable back and belly pattern. Light-centered scales may form distinct crossbands, “chainlinks,” lengthwise stripes, blotches, or speckles on the back. Belly ranges from plain white to heavily blotched with dark pigment to plain black. Scales smooth, in 19-25 rows. Anal plate single. Subspecies: Eastern (L. g. getula), chocolate brown to black with bold light chainlike pattern, 21 scale rows; s. New Jersey to n. Florida, west to extreme e. West Virginia, c. Virginia, extreme w. North Carolina and s. Alabama. California (L. g. californiae), chocolate brown to black with bold light crossbands or a back stripe, 23-25 scale rows; sw. Oregon south to extreme s. Baja California, east to s. Utah and w. Arizona. Florida (L. g. floridana), scales tipped with chocolate brown, yellowish at base, chainlike pattern of narrow crossbands, often obscure, 23 scale rows; c. and s. Florida; isolated population in Duval and Baker counties, ne. Florida. Speckled (L. g. holbrooki), dark brown or black scales with central light spot, remnants of crossbands present, 21 scale rows; s. Iowa and w. Illinois south to e. Texas, Mississippi, and c. and sw. Alabama. Eastern Black (L. g. niger), shiny black with small light dots forming faint or broken chainlink pattern, 21 scale rows; e. Illinois to extreme sc. Ohio and w. West Virginia, south to nw. Georgia and n
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