Florida Snake Identification Key

Common Kingsnake

NON-VENOMOUS

Scientific name: Lampropeltis getula (LINNAEUS 1766)

The following will separate the three Common Kingsnakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

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More than 34 narrow light-colored crossbands on the back; peninsular Florida south from Volusia County on the eastern coast and Pinellas County on the western coast.

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Your snake could be a Florida Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula floridana.

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19-32 narrow light-colored crossbands on the back; peninsular Florida from north of Alachua County west into the panhandle, excluding the Eastern Apalachicola Lowlands south of Telogia Creek.

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Your snake could be a Eastern Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula getula.

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Fewer than 26 wide light-colored crossbands on the back, or completely non-banded (striped of patternless); Eastern Apalachicola Lowlands south of Telogia Creek in the panhandle.

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Your snake could be a Eastern Apalachicola Lowlands Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula meansi

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