Species information

 

Mexican Kingsnake

Lampropeltis mexicana

Lampropeltis mexicana - Mexican Kingsnake

 

Common name

Mexican Kingsnake

Scientific name

Lampropeltis mexicana

Family

Colubridae

Appearance

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".

 

Locality

Mexico.

 

Adult size

3 ft.

 

Approx lifespan

Up to 20 years.

 

REcomended vivarium size

24x18x15in.

 

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.

 

Diet

The best diet for the Mexican Kingsnake is rodents.

 

Further reading

 

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