Southern Florida Mole Kingsnake

               Southern Florida Mole Kingsnake:                (Lampropeltis calligaster occipitolineata)

Southern Florida mole kingsnakes (lampropeltis calligaster occipitolineata), is a member of the colubridae family. They average in size between 18 to 30 inches long, with the record being 47 inches long.

Southern Florida mole kingsnakes have stout bodies and have smooth scales. They are tanish gray in color, with more than 52 black bordered reddish - brown blotches, they also have smaller reddish brown blotches on the sides between the larger blotches. Their bellies are checkered and a dirty light brown. It also has a light colored "Y" 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.  

Southern Florida mole kingsnakes are found only in Florida from Brevard County south to Lake Okeechobee and west to Charlotte and DeSoto Counties. Their preferred habitats include areas such as pine - lands, hardwood hammocks, cattle pastures, prairies, and agricultural fields.

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

Southern Florida 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. Southern Florida mole kingsnakes are docile, but when the are startled or threatened they will vibrate their tails and flattens it body, attempting to bite, but they seldom bite. They also secrete a foul smelling musk when being handled, and are harmless to humans.

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