Species information

 

Gray-banded Kingsnake

Grey-banded Kingsnake

 

 

Lampropeltis alterna - Gray-banded Kingsnake

 

Common name

Gray-banded Kingsnake

Scientific name

Lampropeltis alterna

Family

Colubridae

Appearance

The pattern of the gray banded kingsnake varies a lot. There are however two main phases. Both exhibit a blackground which is grey/blue. One variation (Blairs) has yellow/red saddles with a black border. In the other phase (alterna) the orange/red is all but removed, giving a black striped snake.

 

Locality

Trans Pecos, Texas and the part of New Mexico which is adjacent.

 

Adult size

3-4 ft.

 

Approx lifespan

20 or more years.

 

REcomended vivarium size

30x12x12in.

 

Basic set up type

Rocky hillside/savannah. As with all snakes make sure you provide hides at both the warm end and the cool end.

 

Diet

A diet consisting of rodents is best for the Gray-banded Kingsnake.

 

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