Snakes

 of Tennessee

 

 

Eastern Black Kingsnake

Lampropeltis nigra
 
 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

Description:   A shiny, mostly jet black snake with whitish, yellow or creamy belly. Some spotting may occur particularly along the sides near the belly. Usually averages from 36 - 45 inches in length. The head is not significantly offset from the body. Juvenile snakes usually have yellow, white or creamy banding that disappears as the snake matures.

Habitat:

Life History:

Range: Statewide

Additional Notes: May be some hybridizing with the Speckled kingsnake in the far northwestern corner of the state along the Kentucky border.

Behavior:

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee: No sub-species occur for this species.

 

Distribution of the Eastern Black Kingsnake in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

This specimen is from far northwest Tennessee is likely a hybrid between Lampropeltis nigra x L. holbrooki.

 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

This specimen is from far northwest Tennessee is likely a hybrid between Lampropeltis nigra x L. holbrooki.

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

This specimen is from far northwest Tennessee is likely a hybrid between Lampropeltis nigra x L. holbrooki.

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

Juvenile

 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

Juvenile

 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

Juvenile

 

 

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