Snake of the Day: Prairie Kingsnake

Today’s snake of the day is yet another kingsnake! The Prairie Kingsnake is an elusive subspecies rarely seen in Texas. These snakes can be found in East Texas, but are uncommonly seen due to their excellent hiding abilities.

If you were to come across a Prairie Kingsnake you could recognize it by its stocky build, similar to other kingsnakes. It has a yellowish brown body with darker brown blotches down the middle of its black, and alternating matching blotches on its sides. Its head features a distinctive dark stripe behind the eyes.

Just like so many other Texas snakes, Prairie Kingsnakes are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Their main sources of food include rodents and small mammals, as well as birds, reptiles, and amphibians.


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