Speckled King Snake Natural History
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.
Speckled king snakes live for an average of 10-20 years.
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.
This species is not listed by the IUCN but they are common in their natural habitat.
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.