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Several tricolor species of kingsnake (genus Lampropeltis) can be found exclusively in the montane environments of western North America. They include the Mexican kingsnakes (Lampropeltis mexicana), the Sonoran mountain kingsnakes (Lampropeltis pyromelana), the Queretaro mountain kingsnake (Lampropletis ruthveni) and the California mountain or coral kingsnakes (Lampropeltis zonata).
In its dual function, this site has also been erected as a plea to save these precious animals. Unfortunately, the recent years have brought with them an increase in collecting pressure. In the wake we sadly discover irreversible habitat degradation and dwindling populations. Will the special qualities that make these animals so highly regarded also mark their downfall? Today, the best interests of these kingsnakes must be kept present and immediate so that there shall never arise the need for outside agencies to further regulate or limit the enthusiast's accessibility to these wonderful creatures.
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Seasonal Feature: One of many new features coming to the MKESite (published quarterly in accordance with the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons). Topic for winter 1998:
Utah's purported L. t. taylori x L. p. infralabialis
Photo by Kirk Setser; wild male Lampropeltis pyromelana, Sierra Co., New Mexico
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