Arizona mountain kingsnake

The kingsnake name is derived from their ability to consume other snakes. When disturbed, this species emits a very strong and foul smelling musk, which deters predators. These snakes can be found in high elevations in mountainous areas.

Fast Facts

  • Arizona mountain kingsnakes mimic the venomous Arizona coral snake to trick predators into thinking the kingsnake is dangerous.
  • They even regulate their body temperature by moving up or down within the rock pile rather than basking directly in the sun.
  • Kingsnakes first seize their prey with a bite, then kill the prey by constriction, and finally swallow the prey whole.

Scientific name

Lampropeltis pyromelana
Range  Western and Southern United States
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium

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