Lampropeltis getula, commonly known as the eastern kingsnake, common kingsnake, or chain kingsnake, is a harmless colubrid species endemic to the United States and Mexico. It has long been a favorite among collectors.Nine subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.
How can you tell a king snake?
Most adult eastern kingsnakes are about 36-48 inches (90-122 cm) in total length. These snakes are solid black to chocolate brown, with 19-32 white to yellowish, narrow (1.5-2.5 body scale rows) crossbands down the back and a chain-like pattern on the sides. The belly may have a checkerboard or solid black pattern.
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