STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE: North America
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
These snakes average about three to four feet in length when full grown. Their black backs, featuring spots varying from white to dark yellow, have earned them the nick name the “salt and pepper snake.” They are known for eating other snakes, including venomous ones. They have a stronger ratio of squeezing pressure to body size than many other constrictors, a special adaptation for taking on snakes and other reptiles that require a lower blood-oxygen level. They are also known to have adapted some immunity to the venoms of snakes in their area.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
They live to be about twenty years old and prefer wooded and damp areas. Females usually lay six to fourteen eggs in early summer that will hatch in the later summer months. They are very even tempered compared to other wild snakes from the area.
They live in the southeastern part of North America.
They eat a large variety of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and occasional fish. The “King” in their name comes from them having a fondness for eating other snakes.