Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) - Ohio Herp Atlas

Eastern Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula - Special Concern

The Eastern Kingsnake is a handsomely marked constrictor. This snake is limited in Ohio to Adams, Scioto, Jackson, and Lawrence counties, and even in this area it is relatively uncommon. It shows a marked preference for the Scioto and Ohio River bottomlands. Except in early spring and fall when they bask in the open, these snakes are very secretive, spending the day beneath logs, rocks, and the like, and emerging to hunt by night. Their diet includes small mammals, lizards, birds, and small snakes – including venomous species. Kingsnakes are immune to normal quantities of venom from all of our native venomous snakes. Although often pugnacious when first encountered, with handling they soon become extremely gentle. LENGTH: 36”–48”

Text courtesy of the Ohio Division of Wildlife: https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/id%20guides/pub354_Reptiles-opt.pdf

Distribution Map
Distribution map of Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)
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Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)