Speckled King Snake

Speckled Kingsnake At Wingham Wildlife Park

Speckled King Snake Natural History

Size

On average this snake reaches 4 ft (122 cm) in length.

Habitat and Distribution

This snake’s habitat includes woodlands, swamps, river beds and grasslands in the south east to middle of the United States including Missouri, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma.

Age

Speckled king snakes live for an average of 10-20 years.

Diet

Their diet consists of rats, mice, birds, lizards, eggs and frogs. They kill their prey by constriction.

Groups and Breeding

These snakes reach sexual maturity at about three years of age. Mating occurs in April-May ad females generally lay 5-15 eggs during the summer which hatch during the late summer. Hatchlings measure 7- 9 inches (18- 23 cm) long.

Threats

This species is not listed by the IUCN but they are common in their natural habitat.

Interesting facts

Speckled king snakes are immune to the venom of pit vipers which share their range. They can kill and eat copperheads, rattlesnakes and water moccasins without any effect from their venom.

The Speckled King Snake During Your Day Out in Kent

The speckled king snake at Wingham Wildlife Park lives in the reptile house next to the pet village. This is also home to a number of species of other snakes, crocodilians, geckos, turtles, tortoises and lizards as well as several invertebrates including tarantulas and a scorpion.