|The Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake is a medium
length (18 - 42 inches),
non-poisonous, slender snake with
colorful red, black and cream banding and a rather wide flat head. The
amount of red in the bands varies greatly and in some cases (as can be
seen in the photo at right) does not completely separate the black
bands). Black bands often become narrow or disappear on the snake's
Kingsnakes can typically be
distinguished from the poisonous coral snake by their color bands.
Coral snakes typically have red and yellow banding that touch
while in kingsnakes, the red is next to black. Due to the wide
variability in snake coloration do not expect this rule to always
hold true however.
Sonoran Mountain Kingsnakes typically dwell in
mountains ranging from oak-juniper and pinyon-juniper
forests to woodlands of pine and oak, but may descend to lowland areas
in moist canyons. They eat lizards, other snakes, small mammals and
frogs. Females lay a clutch of 2-9 eggs in June or July.