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Outer Banks Kingsnake header, Lampropeltis getula sticticeps

The range of the Outer Banks kingsnake is restricted to the barrier islands off the coast of eastern North Carolina. Once recognized as Lampropeltis getula sticticeps, the Outer Banks king is now thought to be a pattern variant occuring within an isolated population of Lampropeltis getula getula.These beautiful kingsnakes are similar to the Eastern king, with a white or cream colored chain pattern on a black or dark brown background. In between the chains, there are various degrees of speckling. Some snakes have only light speckling, while others exibit full speckling from head to tail. Some individuals exhibit striping or other pattern anomilies. We have a large and diverse breeding group of Outer Banks kings with snakes from both the Bartlett and Kane bloodlines. Our breeders broduce "classic" Outer Banks patterns as well as striped and other aberrant pattern variations. Even though they are no longer recognized as a subspecies, they are protected in the wild by the state of North Carolina.

Outer Banks Kingsnakes. Click on any thumbnail image below to view a full size photo of each snake

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Apalachicola Kingsnake header, Lampropeltis getula goini

One of the most variably marked North American kingsnakes, the Apalachicola kingsnake occurs in blotched, banded, striped and patternless phases as well as varying combinations of these characteristics. Many hatchlings have a high degree of orange, which usually fades as the snake approaches adulthood. Rarely encountered in the wild, this kingsnake occurs only in the Apalachicola and Chipola river drainages in the Florida panhandle - an area noted for its number of endemic plants and animals. Originally described as the "Blotched Kingsnake" by W. T. Neil and Ross Allen in 1949, "goini" is no longer recognized as a valid subspecies by taxonomists. It is thought that the patternless form does represent a relict subspecies of Lampropeltis getula, and that the blotched and other varying patterned forms are intergrades between the patternless snake and the Eastern kingsnake, Lampropeltis g. getula.These are the snakes featured on a recent episode of Snake Wranglers on the National Geographic Channel. A current taxonomic study on these unique kingsnakes by Bruce Means and Kenny Krysko is forthcoming. Our breeding group of Apalachicola kingsnakes is from Len Krysko stock and produces patternless, striped, banded and blotched offspring. Apalachicola kings mature into 5 to 6 foot long, heavy-bodied snakes.

Apalachicola Kingsnakes. Click on any thumbnail image below to view a full size photo of each snake

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Variable Kingsnake header, Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri

Also known as Nuevo Leon kingsnakes or Thayer's kingsnakes. Native to northeastern Mexico, these kingsnakes come in a myriad of colors and patterns, from which they get another popular name, the "variable kingsnake." The narrow banded pattern is called the "leonis phase," while the wide banded pattern is called the "milksnake phase." Colors range from pale gray to intense peach or orange, with various shades of yellow, tan and buckskin occurring in between. Our breeding group conists of pure thayeri, with diverse bloodlines from Tim Gebhard (Vivid Reptiles), Jim Kane and Bob Applegate represented in our collection. This group produces outstanding peach and orange leonis phase and red/orange milksnake phase individuals as will as some of everything else. These are truly fascinating snakes to work with, as all phases can occur out of a single clutch of eggs.

Variable Kingsnakes. Click on any thumbnail image below to view a full size photo of each snake

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