Species information


Gray-banded Kingsnake

Grey-banded Kingsnake



Lampropeltis alterna - Gray-banded Kingsnake


Common name

Gray-banded Kingsnake

Scientific name

Lampropeltis alterna




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.



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



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.



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


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