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.
- 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.
|Range||Western and Southern United States|
|Conservation status||Least Concern|