Mole Kingsnake

Mole Kingsnake: (Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata)

Mole kingsnakes (lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata), is a member of the colubridae family. They average in size between 30 to 40 inches long, with the record being 47 inches long.

Mole kingsnakes have stout bodies and have smooth scales. They are tanish to orange in color, with 40 to 50 black boarded reddish - brown blotches, they also have smaller reddish brown blotches on the sides between the larger blotches. Some mole kingsnakes are almost all brown. Their bellies are checkered and a dirty light brown. It also has a "Y" like shaped pattern on the back of its head and neck, sometimes there is a dark line through the eye. Their heads are oval shaped and their pupils are round.  

Mole kingsnakes are found in the panhandle of Florida. Their preferred habitats include areas such as pine - lands, hardwood hammocks, sand - hills, prairies, and agricultural fields.

Mole kingsnakes are carnivores, primarily consuming lizards, frogs, toads, small birds and their eggs, rodents and other snakes.

Mole kingsnakes are nocturnal, active during the night. They are terrestrial, preferring to be under ground or hiding under dense vegetation, because of its secretive and fossorial behavior they are rarely ever seen, unless they were forced out of hiding due to heavy rains. Mole kingsnakes are docile, but when the are startled or threatened they will vibrate their tails and flattens it body, attempting to strike and bite, but they seldom bite. They also secrete a foul smelling musk when being handled. Mole kingsnakes are harmless to humans.

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