Apalachicola Kingsnake

Apalachicola Kingsnake: (Lampropeltis getula meansi)

Apalachicola kingsnakes (lampropeltis getula meansi), former scientific name Lampropeltis getula goini, commonly known as the eastern Apalachicola lowlands kingsnake, is a member of the colubridae family. They average in size between 34 to 48 inches long, with the record being 56.1 inches long.

Apalachicola kingsnakes are thick bodied and have smooth scales. They have various patterns of yellow, cream, or white stripes or checkerboard blotches on a black or dark brown background, some have no stripes or blotched patterns. The cross - bands can be narrow or wide. Their heads are oval shaped and their pupils are round.  

Apalachicola kingsnakes are found in eastern Apalachicola lowlands and in the panhandle between Apalachicola and Ochlockonee rivers and south to Franklin and Liberty Counties. Their preferred habitats include areas such as pine - lands, hardwood hammocks, cypress strands, prairies, and marshes.

Apalachicola kingsnakes are carnivores, primarily consuming lizards, frogs, toads, small birds and their eggs, rodents other snakes including their own species and venomous snakes, as they are immune to there venom, and small turtles and their eggs.

Apalachicola kingsnakes are diurnal, active during the day. During the summer they have been seen to be more active at night. They are terrestrial, preferring to be under ground or hiding under dense vegetation. When startled or threatened they will secrete a foul smelling odor and vibrate their tails, they will strike and bite if needed, their bite is strong, powerful and painful, but they seldom bite. Apalachicola kingsnakes are harmless to humans. Unfortunately the Apalachicola kingsnakes population is rapidly declining, and are very rare to see.

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