(Large Snake) lengths up to 4 1/2 feet.
Black-colored skin with yellow bands.
Oviparous. Produces up to 24 eggs in summer.
Primarily diurnal in spring and fall. Nocturnal during hot summer months. Powerful constrictors.
Inhabits most of Arizona with the exception of very dry desert.
Hibernates in winter.
Feeds on other snakes (including rattlesnakes), mice, rats, lizards, amphibians, eggs, small turtles, and birds.
Arizona is home to 3 subspecies of common kingsnakes:
California Kingsnake - Black with white bands. Found throughout entire state.
Western Black Kingsnake - Solid black. Found along Mexico border in Southeast AZ.
Desert Kingsnake - Black with yellow bands. Found in south-eastern Arizona