What kind of kingsnake do i have?

Asked March 12, 2019, 6:04 PM EDT

Wondering what kind of king snake i have guys petsmart didnt know lol

Otsego County Michigan

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The snake in your photograph is a California kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula californiae. In the wild, this species has different pattern variations. The two most common are black or chocolate brown with white to cream-colored cross bands; the other is black or chocolate brown with longitudinal stripes, like your specimen.

As with many snake species, breeders have created numerous morphs through selective breeding for particular color and pattern traits. You snake looks somewhat paler than a normal colored striped variation, so it may be one of the morphs.

Here's a link to a website that has photographs of some of the many morphs for this species:

https://southerncaliforniakingsnakes.weebly.com/selective-bred-morphs.html

Also, here's a link to a care sheet for this species published by Reptiles Magazine:

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Care-Sheets/Snakes/California-Kingsnake/

I hope this answers your question, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim