Eastern Kingsnake


I found this Eastern Kingsnake in the garden, since I did not want him hanging around I caught him into a postal bin. This Eastern Kingsnake was every bit of 5 foot long and aggressive. He stood up at me several times, he acted like a king and did not want to be bothered. Kingsnakes give off a smelly musk odor when captured and they also vibrate their tails to scare you.

As you can see the Eastern Kingsnake is a black snake with a banded pattern on its back and the bands are yellow to white color.


Kingsnakes use constriction to kill their prey. They will eat other snakes, including venomous snakes like rattlesnakes as well as lizards, rodents,frogs, birds and eggs.

I took this kingsnake about a half a mile away from the house, I sure hope he doesn’t come back!

Do you have a lot of snakes in your area? What kind of snakes have you seen this summer?

Check out my blog post from last year about all of the Copperhead snakes we have in our area.




34 thoughts on “Eastern Kingsnake

    • Good evening Cynthia! We have a lot of different snakes on the mountain, I mostly find copperhead snakes, black snakes, gartner snakes, pine snakes, hog nose snakes, green snakes and occasionally I will find an eastern kingsnake or rattlesnake. I am scared of the copperhead snakes, kingsnakes and rattlesnakes but I am careful with all of them. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  1. Great catch, Michael. But you didn’t say how you caught him! Do you use a snake hook, or just your hands? Great photos! You must have been fast to snag him before he took off and hid again. Funny how too much rain can bring these guys out into the open. Hope your weekend is more peaceful than your Friday! Best wishes-

  2. How enjoyable, Michael! So I gather this one is not poisonous, is it? Beautiful creature but I don’t think that half a mile is far enough. We have lots of snakes but around the house mainly aesculapian snakes and others of that family which can get huge but are completely harmless…to us at least, but they eat mice etc. and we live in harmony.

  3. Brrrr, your list of snakes gives me the shivers. This Kingsnake sure is beautiful but I prefer to look at it from the safe distance of my computer screen. 😉 Hope you have a calm, uneventful weekend.

    • Hi Chava, does thie same thing to my wife, she is so scared of them. The kingsnake is one of the most beautiful snakes we have around here. I hope you are enjoying your weekend! 🙂 My wife makes the round sandwiches like you blogged about!

  4. He does look quite impressive, so can understand his big ego! Is he a poisonous one? We get harmless smooth snakes and grass snakes in our garden now and then… I think a smooth snake lives in the rockery!

    • Good evening Cathy, kingsnakes are not venomous but they do eat other venomous snakes. They are actually great to have around because they eat the venomous snakes, mice, etc. Smooth snakes are also good to have in the garden!

  5. He’s an impressive looking snake, that’s for sure. We do have a lot of snakes around here, but don’t see them too often during the hot summer months. I’m happy to know they’re out there eating the rodents and keeping them out of my house. On the other hand, I don’t want the snakes too close to my garden or my house, either. It’s a conundrum at times. 🙂

    • The Eastern Kingsnake is a beautiful snake and they all think they are king, even the smaller ones. This was one of the largest kingsnakes I have seen in awhile. We don’t see snakes often either, I am like you, know they are there and I am sure there are more than I care to know about!

  6. Great shots, but not my favorite critter! 😀

    I encountered a Kingsnake in Arizona when we lived there. Thankfully I happened to look down before I stepped out of our truck! I closed the door, rolled down the window and snapped a few photos, then drove the truck to a different location! 😀

  7. Oh my gosh that snake is horrifying! I only stopped when I realized it was your blog. 🙂 We don’t have snakes like that where we live. Mostly little garden snakes. I would run in the house if I saw that in the backyard!!

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