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