What kind of snake is this?

Asked July 3, 2020, 5:28 PM EDT

I found this snake in my house and I need to know what type of snake it is.

Lincoln Parish Louisiana

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, the photograph you sent came through out of focus and the coloration appears to be altered. As a result I can't make out the markings on the head, the sides and the true color of your snake.

Your snake is not one of the native venomous species found in Louisiana. I believe it may be a juvenile speckled kingsnake, scientific name Lampropeltis getula holbrooki. Typical adult length is a little over four feet, and maximum length can reach between six and seven feet.

They live in a variety of habitats including hardwood and pine forests, sandhills, meadows, as well as urban and agricultural areas. Even though they are primarily a terrestrial species, they are often found along the grassy shorelines of ponds, swamps, streams and occasionally coastal salt marshes.

Kingsnakes are strong constrictors and feed on a variety of prey. They are best known for eating venomous snakes. They are immune to their venom. However, they also eat non-venomous snakes, rodents, lizards, birds and bird and reptile eggs.

Here's a link to the web page for this species on the Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana website:

http://www.louisianaherps.com/speckled-kingsnake-lamprope.html

If you can get a better photograph of your snake, I'll be glad to take a look at it for you. Thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim