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Mole kingsnake

Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata


This is a juvenile snake, about 12 inches long. The adults reach 30-40 inches and have much less noticeable spots. As the name suggests, the mole kingsnake likes to burrow. It can make its own burrows in sandy soil, and it can use old burrows of other animals. Because of its coloration, it is often mistaken for a copperhead or corn snake. I hear that mole kingsnakes tend to be agressive; that was certainly true of this one.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Nov 20, 2009
Submitted on Feb 24, 2013

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