King snake is a harmless colubrid species found in the United States and Mexico. A distinct color pattern and the common belief that this species actively hunts for venomous snakes helps to protect them from immediate death, which is the usual outcome when snakes encounter people. It has long been a favorite among collectors. The color pattern consists of a glossy black, blue-black or dark brown ground color overlaid with a series of 23-52 white chain-like rings.King snakes from the Coastal Plain have wider bands, while those found in mountainous areas have thinner bands or may be completely black.
Ten Facts about Common King snake
- Adult specimens are 39-78 inches (98.5-197 cm) in length. Specimens up to 82 inches (208.2cm) have been recorded.The biggest one was measured 8.5 feet long.
- King snake are also known as, Eastern kingsnake, common kingsnake, chain kingsnake, king snake, Maggie Muncher, Sophie Swallower, Ruby Ravager, Carolina Kingsnake, chain snake.
- Found in the United States in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee.
- Open areas are preferred, particularly grassland, but also chaparral, oak woodland, abandoned farms, desert, low mountains, sand, and any type of riparian zone, including swamps, canals and streams.
- Females lay up to several dozen eggs that hatch after 2-2.5 months of incubation.
- Long a favorite among collectors, they do well in captivity, living for up to 25 years or more.
- It feeds, most famously, on other snakes as well as on lizards, small turtles, frogs, birds and small mammals. It also eats the eggs of reptiles and birds.
- Common kingsnakes suffer predation by birds such as hawks and roadrunners, by animals such as badgers and raccoons, and reptiles such as other snakes.
- When threaten Vibrate its tail amidst dry leaves to mimic a rattlesnakes rattle.
- Also, Discharge a evil-smelling musk to discourage attacker.