Mole King Snake Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata

Family: Colubridae - Harmless Egg-Laying Snakes

Typical Adult Size: 30 to 40 inches

Eye Pupil: round

Dorsal Scales: smooth

Anal Scale: single

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Mole King Snakes have an overall light brown appearance. Young specimens have a pattern of narrow, chestnut colored dorsal blotches. Usually as the snake ages the pattern fades.

Mole King Snakes are very fossorial, that is, they spend much of their time burrowing in rodent holes and forest debris. They may be active on the ground surface during daylight in the spring and fall. In the summer, they are more active at night.

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Mole King Snake, Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata
adult, male
adult, male
adult, male
neonate, approx. length = 10.5 inches
neonate, enlarged view of belly
adult, head
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July 07, 2009
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