Eastern Kingsnake

Scientific Name
Lampropeltis getula getula
Also Known As
Florida Kingsnake, Common Kingsnake
All of Florida
Small Vertabrates, Snakes, Eggs
Life Expectancy
10 - 15 Years
The Eastern Kingsnake

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Eastern Kingsnake conservation status - Critically Endangered

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This Snake is Not Venomous

The Eastern Kingsnake in Central Florida

The eastern kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula) is a nonvenomous colubrid species indigenous to the southeastern United States, including the central Florida peninsula. This comprehensive guide provides detailed identification tips, biology facts, and prevention methods for eastern kingsnakes inhabiting central Florida.

Read on to learn eastern kingsnake appearance, habits, reproduction, ideal habitat conditions, diet, health considerations, and professional removal options if encountered on your property.

Appearance and Identification

Eastern kingsnakes can be identified by their distinct color patterns and scalation at both juvenile and adult life stages

Adult Eastern Kingsnake

Adult Eastern Kingsnakes

  • Size: Adult eastern kingsnakes average 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 m) long. The maximum length is around 5 feet (1.5 m).
  • Color: Varies greatly but generally consists of a chainlink-like pattern of black or brown with contrasting white or yellow. The head is typically black with a yellow or white chin/throat.
  • Scales: The dorsal scale rows remain at 23-25. Ventral scales range from 212-232.
  • Head: Spear-shaped head with a rounded snout and large eyes as juveniles.