Western Black Kingsnake

Distinguishing Features:

(Large Snake) lengths up to 4 1/2 feet.

Black-colored skin

Reproduction:

Oviparous.

Produces up to 24 eggs in summer.

 

Behavior:

Primarily diurnal in spring and fall.

Nocturnal during hot summer months.

Powerful constrictors. 

 

Habitat:

Inhabits most of Arizona with the exception of very dry desert. 

 

Hibernation:

Hibernates in winter.

 

Diet:

Feeds on other snakes (including rattlesnakes), mice, rats, lizards, amphibians, eggs, small turtles, and birds.

 

Life Span:

10-20 years

 

Other Facts:

Arizona is home to 3 subspecies of common kingsnakes:

  1. California Kingsnake - Black with white bands. Found throughout entire state.

  2. Western Black Kingsnake - Solid black. Found along Mexico border in Southeast AZ.

  3. Desert Kingsnake - Black with yellow bands. Found in south-eastern Arizona.

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