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Scarlet Kingsnake

Lampropeltis elapsoides

Description:

A mimic of the eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius), scarlet kingsnakes typically have alternating bands of red, black, and yellow in which red touches black but not yellow (in eastern coral snakes red touches yellow but not black.

Habitat:

Pine flatwoods, wet prairie hammocks. In or near pine woods beneath logs and stumps; also in coastal plains.

Notes:

Spotted in the oldest longleaf growth forest within the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center of Conecuh National Forest, AL. Was spotted curled up in a tree snag a few feet above the ground. Habitat is burned regularly and the understory is managed for the historic wiregrass community of the longleaf pine ecosystem.

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2 Comments

Archer 07
Archer 07 5 years ago

I love this snake. In my area I have seen the California King snake several times but have never seen one of these.

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Great little guy. You heard of the rhyme "Red on black, venom lack, but red on yellow, kill a fellow" :)

marylou.wildlife
Spotted by
marylou.wildlife

Alabama, USA

Spotted on Oct 28, 2015
Submitted on Dec 12, 2015

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