Mexican black kingsnake


The Mexican black kingsnake has scientifically known as Lampropeltis getula nigrita is a part of the bigger colubrid group of snakes, and a subspecies of the basic kingsnake, which is discussed by herpetologists to contain as many as 10 matchless varieties.

These species possess rough zones and places rich with vegetation in different locales of the Sonoran Desert, Northwestern Sinaloa, which is located in Mexico, and little parts of Arizona.

Besides this, in bondage, they can stay in amazing wellbeing through a strict eating regimen of mice and for the most part require a temperature angle somewhere in the range of 21 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Lampropeltis getula nigrita

This species inhabits rough regions and spots rich with vegetation in different areas of the Sonora Desert, Mexico, Northwestern Sinaloa, and little parts of Arizona.

Late proof proposes that species found inside Arizona, in spite of their dim markings, are really a cross between the California kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula Californiae), Mexican black kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula nigrita), or the desert black kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula splendida).

The different kingsnakes in these territories regularly interbreed and are never again thought to be “pure” Mexican black kingsnakes. Furthermore, the Mexican dark kingsnake’s eating regimen comprises for the most of little rodents, reptiles, feathered creatures, eggs, and different snakes.


NameMexican black kingsnake
Scientific Namelampropeltis getula nigrita
SynonymsBlack Desert King Snake

Vernacular names of Lampropeltis getula nigrita

  • English: Black Desert King Snake
  • German: Kettennatter
  • Italian: Colubro reale
  • Spanish: Culebra-real común


The history of Lampropeltis getula nigrita is given below:

Origin of Mexican black kingsnake

They are mainly found in Mexico and the United States

Distinctive Features of Lampropeltis getula nigrita

Similarly, just like all the Kingsnakes, the Mexican black kingsnake is a constrictor, utilizing its intense body to wrap and suffocate its prey, and as a result, does not have any venom.

Their eating regimen includes different other snakes especially poisonous snakes which are likewise common to the locale and as result, has built up a flexibility to different sorts of venom.


The species is common to the island of Santa Catalina located in the Bay of California, Mexico.

Landmass: Middle-America North-America

Dispersion: USA (S. Oregon, S Utah, California, W/S Nevada, Arizona Mexico: Baja California, Sonora)


It is known with belief just from a solitary example, and numerous endeavors to discover it has been unsuccessful, proposing that is either uncommon or exceptionally mysterious and hidden.


Common kingsnakes are majorly found in grasslands, forests, urban areas, and deserts.

A habitat of Lampropeltis getula nigrita 

Nothing is famous about the normal history of this species; the depiction depends on one single creature that was dug out from the middle of a desert plant. Furthermore, a shed skin, conceivably of this type, was found close to a little spring.

Moreover, the vegetation prevalent in the island is desert plant and other xerophilic plants. These creatures are nocturnal and secretive, and they are not effectively examined.

Systems: Terrestrial

Food Habits

In bondage, they can stay in magnificent wellbeing through “an all rat diet” (e.g. rodents) and are resourceful feeders. Numerous proprietors want to bolster their snake’s pre-slaughtered rodents as they won’t carry over vermin or different parasites, are for the most part more advantageous to store, and won’t represent any risk to the reptile.

A few owners have been accounted for to feed their snakes in independent fenced in areas (“bolstering zones”) to guarantee advance sanitation. Most neighborhood pet stores that offer reptiles, will likewise commonly convey frozen mice at different phases of improvement.

Since snakes can digest about the majority of their prey, they don’t require extra sources of nutrients or minerals. Also, right now, there exists no information to recommend something else.

The behavior of Lampropeltis getula nigrita 

In the wild, most colubrids will diminish their exercises in the months of winter; in any case, in imprisonment, they can stay active all year. It is of note that reviews conducted have demonstrated that snakes, whenever given the choice, incline toward brumation to staying active.

Although, some wonder that this inclination isn’t revealing of higher order arranging, instead of a predisposition specifically impacted by their hereditary qualities. On account of their birthplace, the Lampropeltis getula nigrita does not have a habit of brumate, but rather has been known to do as such under specific conditions in bondage.

This species, by and large, requires a temperature angle between 21– 29 degrees Celsius (21– 24 degrees amid evening time, and 26– 29 degrees amid the daytime), which can be given through a warm light and an under-tank radiator.

Freshwater ought to be given daily and the fecal issue must be quickly expelled to keep away from bacterial diseases. Warming rocks are not suggested, as in imprisonment, a snake will disregard to move from to a great degree hot surfaces, in this manner prompting either minor or serious burns.

There exists no information whether this sort of conduct happens in the wild or is confined to hostage settings. Any warmed surface should always be tested before the reptile is presented to it. Besides this, the purchase of a hygrometer and thermometer are highly supported.

Moistness must be kept between the scopes of 40 to 60 percent. Failure to give appropriate levels can result in pneumonic contaminations or even death.

Aspen is the most generally utilized substrate for this type of specie. Cedar and pine are viewed as lethal. Although, different options in contrast to aspen exist. Similarly, with any pet, it is extremely advisable that any substrate or decorative additions like plants, woods and so on.


set into the creature’s fenced in an area be checked for potential poisonous, infestations and bacteria. It is exceptionally prescribed lodging be cleaned month to month to guarantee appropriate sanitation. Furthermore, a substrate must also be totally supplanted amid this time.

There right now does not exist adequate information on whether these reptiles require care sheets and UVB radiation state they can stay healthy through the sole utilization of UVA light bulbs.

However, they should be given sufficient daytime and evening light cycles. Inability to do as such can result in stun, the constriction of different afflictions, or may even cause death.


The males of Lampropeltis getula nigrita start looking for females in the spring season. Mating happens throughout the following one to two months. Furthermore, the Mexican dark kingsnakes are egg-layers that store a single clutch of up to 24 eggs every year.

The females just store the eggs and leave. Besides this, they give no parental attention any further. At the point when prey is rare, females may not breed each year. Moreover, hatchlings develop 50 to 60 days later. They must fight for themselves quickly.

The lifecycle of  Lampropeltis getula nigrita

Just like all snakes, kingsnake eggs have a large measure of yolk that the snake uses to grow. Furthermore, they also use a portion of the calcium from the shell to develop a skeleton. At the point when the snake doesn’t get any oxygen through the shell, it breaks out.

After they bring forth, youthful snakes remain in the nest until the point when they shed their skin out of the blue. This takes around one week.  Besides this, when they are about half-grown of their full size, they can have their own babies. All snakes keep developing all through their lives.

Growth – Life Cycle: Unknown development

Communication & Reception of  Lampropeltis getula nigrita 

Researchers do not know a lot about how the kingsnake communicate with each other. These snakes use scent organs to repel other snakes and for mating. Besides this, these snakes additionally use tongue flicks to detect synthetic signals.

Similarly, other snakes, have phenomenal vision. They can not “hear,” yet they are exceptionally sensitive to vibrations.

Perception Channels: acoustic, chemical, vibrations, visual

Other Communication Modes:  Scent marks, pheromones

Communication Channels: Chemical, visual


In the wild, many kingsnakes are respectably measured, achieving a normal length of 90-120 Centimeters (3– 4 feet), and tend to be full and stocky in size. Though, in captivity, a few kingsnakes can surpass 5 feet (1.5 Meters).

This is no doubt credited to the bigger and steadier eating regimen they get in captivity, contrasted with what they may get in wild. These snakes can weigh up to 3lbs (1,3 Kg). as they achieve maturity (dependent on their size), and can live anyplace somewhere in the range of 20 and 30 years.

A lifespan of Lampropeltis getula nigrita 

Mexican black Kingsnake often live 15-20 years in captivity

These snakes live for 5.5 years in the wild.


Similar Species

Known hazards

Kingsnakes are vulnerable to different sorts of infestations and infections. Most normal are stomatitis (or “mouth decay”), necrotizing dermatitis, pneumonia (or other respiratory infections), and ectoparasites.

A considerable lot of these conditions are a consequence of an improper husbandry leading to unsanitary conditions or insufficient warmth, light, or mugginess. A large number of these issues can be evaded by providing sufficient warmth, light, clean water, and a sterile atmosphere through the instant removal of fecal matter.

Black kingsnakes have various predators, including owls, hawks, foxes, feral cats, and coyotes. Their dark shading causes them to disguise themselves from these predators as they lurk the ground around evening time. Whenever threatened or cornered, Mexican black kingsnakes will shake their tails, bite and hiss perceived dangers.

In the event that a predator lifts the snake up, the snake may oust a rotting musk or poop to discourage the predator.

Fun Facts of Lampropeltis getula nigrita 

Besides all the hazards, there are also some fun facts about the Mexican black kingsnake.

Mexican black kingsnake

Although, these fun facts are quite interesting yet there are some dangers as well.


Aymen Nizam

Aymen Nizam

I am IT (Graduate) from Bahria University Islamabad currently writing blogs on animals and plants, I am a content writer by profession and passionate about writing all information about living things. TapeDaily has provided me a chance to share my expertise with you.

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