Genus and Species: Lampropeltis getula holbrooki
Sometimes referred to as the common kingsnake, the speckled kingsnake is a moderately large snake with smooth scales and a background colour of black. Each scale has an irregular yellow marking that varies in size and shape giving the snake an overall speckled appearance.
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 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.
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