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Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula)

Reported By:
Justin Gosnell
May 9th, 2016 - 06:43 PM
South Carolina
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I found these two kingsnakes breeding along the side of a dirt road. The female was a little bigger and quickly dragged the male with her behind a tree. The male moved backwards in unison with her to avoid damaging his hemipenes. This was a very interesting find and the first time I have seen snakes actually breeding in the wild (I had seen racers and water snakes courting before this). Sorry the pictures don't do these animals justice. Their bodies were pointed in opposite directions. This gave them a combined length of over 8 feet and they were hard for me to fit into one picture! In fact, when I first saw them, I thought it was one super-big kingsnake. Then, I saw the heads on each end of the mass and the conjoined tails.

I tried to disturb them as little as possible, but I had to get plenty of pictures!