Lampropeltis getula

Common Kingsnake


COMMON KINGSNAKE Lampropeltis getula (Linnaeus, 1766)

STATUS:  Common

DOCUMENTED COUNTIES:  Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise

HABITAT:  Wooded areas in all habitats

SUBSPECIES:  In the Metroplex, intergrades occur between the Speckled Kingsnake (L. g. holbrooki Stejneger, 1902) and the Desert Kingsnake [L. g. splendida (Baird & Girard, 1853)].

COMMENTS:  The speckled kingsnake has the greatest influence on characteristics expressed in individuals found in the Metroplex.  No true desert kingsnakes can be found whereas in the eastern part of the Metroplex true speckled kingsnakes are found often.