Desert kingsnake

They have excellent climbing abilities and are often spotted in trees searching for birds or bird eggs. Desert kingsnakes vary in color but generally have a black base with yellow-white rings that range in width.

Fast Facts

  • The kingsnake will hibernate during the colder months of fall and winter.
  • Kingsnakes can tolerate rattlesnake venom and will often consume rattlesnakes as part of a meal.
  • If they do not try to escape, often they will "play dead" by flipping over onto their backs and lying motionless.

Scientific name

Lampropeltis splendida
Range  North and Central America
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Education building

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