Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki
Up to 82 inches in length
North America; statewide in Louisiana
All types of habitats, most abundant in moist situations
Wild - Birds, mice, snakes (including venomous varieties), rats
Zoo - Rats and mice
Long, shiny black color with a pattern of small light-colored spots, some dorsal spots fused to form narrow cross-bands in all juveniles and some adults; belly light with black markings; anal plate divided.
Able to kill and eat venomous snakes as well as other snakes. Also called common kingsnake.
5 - 17 eggs laid in June and July, hatching in July and August.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana," Harold A. Dundee and Douglas A. Rossman