Authored by: Garth Teitjen
||Arizona Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana
||A striking snake (adults 2.5 - to just under 4 ft) with alternating
ringed pattern of white, red and black. Belly ringed or checkerboard
pattern. Head wide mostly white with black headcap. Scales are smooth.
||The Madrean Mountain Kingsnake can only be differentiated by range. Milksnakes usually have a black snout and fewer than 45 white bands. Longnoses sometimes have a red-black-white banding pattern, but the black bands are speckled with yellow or white.
||A mountain dweller of rocky taulus slopes near stream and intermittent
stream courses in Pinon, Oak, Juniper, Ponderosa, Spruce and Fir
forests from 3,000 to 9,000 ft.
||A secretive diurnal snake.
||Mates in early spring lays a clutch of 3-10 eggs in July or August.
||Adults eat small rodents, frogs and lizards. Young will only eat small lizards.