What makes this snake the King?

October 27, 2012 | Kimberly Lawson

Eastern King Snake

 

The King Snake gets it’s name because part of it’s diet includes other snakes. They can even venomous snakes because they have a natural immunity to the pit-venom!

Because of it’s white markings it is often called a chain snake or chain king. There are several types of King Snakes and color variations.

Eastern King Snakes are medium sized snakes reaching 3 to 6 feet in length. Along with other snakes the King Snake eats a variety of prey including rodents, lizards,  and the eggs of birds and turtles. This snake is a powerful constrictor.

This is a terrestrial species that tends to prefer wetland areas.

 

Great picture of the underside of an Eastern King Snake

 

Come check out our Eastern King Snake on exhibit in Carolina Wildlife. Also join us Thursday’s at 4pm for our Reptile feeding!

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