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black kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula nigra


black with yellow under belly from about the eye to the front of the mouth.


wooded area and like to live in piles of sticks and in tall grass in holes.


when i caught it, he was sun bathing in my front yard. it wasnt to happy to be handled either.

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Black rat snake
Pantherophis obsoletus Pantherophis obsoletus

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KevinBBabbitt 8 years ago

I guess I see how it could be a king then, it looks an awful like a western or "black" rat snake over here in ok but things look different in different states, It is a cool find looks nothing like the hoolbrooki over here.

zoology226 8 years ago

and i have looked at other pics of rat snakes and the snake i caught wasnt the solid yellow-white underneath down the whole body.

zoology226 8 years ago

the reason i didnt say it was a black rat snake is because of the length and the body color, its not a really good pic. but i took it a local vet/herpotologist and he told me it was a black kingsnake, i myself have never seen one in nothern kentucky so i wasnt sure until i asked him.

KevinBBabbitt 8 years ago

Cool find but this is a rat snake I was going to link the kentucky snake sight but the picture wasn't really good I will find another, if you look at a few pictures you might see it is a rat snake.

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Spotted by a stud ent at Boone County High School

Florence, Kentucky, USA

Spotted on Sep 1, 2012
Submitted on Nov 1, 2012

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