Species information


Mexican Kingsnake

Lampropeltis mexicana

Lampropeltis mexicana - Mexican Kingsnake


Common name

Mexican Kingsnake

Scientific name

Lampropeltis mexicana




This snake is sometimes called the variable kingsnake. Try to guess why. This snake has in the past divided into a number of subspecies; it is now however recognised as one species. I would suggest doing a google image search for the 3 colour morphs, "mexicana", "greeri" and "thayeri".





Adult size

3 ft.


Approx lifespan

Up to 20 years.


REcomended vivarium size



Basic set up type

Rocky aridland. As with all snakes make sure you provide hides in both the warm end and the cool end of the vivarium.



The best diet for the Mexican Kingsnake is rodents.


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