Prairie Kingsnake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission

Prairie Kingsnake
Lampropeltis calligaster
  • Size:   Length in Kansas up to 52 inches.

Kansas range map for the Prairie Kingsnake

Range:   Ranges from eastern third of Kansas southwest to Red Hills and into adjacent southern High Plains as far west as Kearney County; avoids northern High Plains.
  • Description:   Harmless. Smooth scales; light and dark pattern on belly; 40–78 dark gray or brown blotches on back. Head, body and tail are brown or gray; dark gray or brown blotches on back are edged with black; 2–3 series of small brown or gray spots on sides alternate with blotches on back. Belly is white with dark irregular markings. Young look like adults.
  • Habits:   Inhabits rocky hillsides with open woods, prairie grassland and sand prairies. Very secretive; when not actively prowling, retreats beneath rocks or down burrows of other animals. Active from April to October; nocturnal during summer months. Five to 17 eggs per clutch; eggs hatch in 1-3 months. Constrictor. Feeds on small mammals, small snakes and lizards.

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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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