The Eastern Kingsnakes can be found throughout the eastern United States north to New Jersey. They can also be found in all areas of Georgia and South Carolina.
This specie can be found in many habitats which include hardwood and pine forests, bottomlands and swamps. They can also be found in hammocks, tidal wetlands and farmlands and suburban areas. They are active almost only by day, being most active in the morning during the summer. Their diet is made up of snakes, lizards, rodents, birds, and especially turtle eggs. Mating occurs during spring and the females lay about 3 – 24 eggs in the early summer. Hatching occurs in August – September.
They are large snakes ranging from about 900 – 1220 mm in total length. They are shiny black with smooth scales comprising of white or yellow chain-link bands. These cross its back and connect along the sides. As a result of this, this specie is also referred to as the chain kingsnake. The Eastern Kingsnakes also have a short stout head with small beady eyes. Lastly, they have an undivided anal plate.
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