The Black King snake, Lampropeltis getula nigra, is a beautiful snake. This reptile is basically a smooth scaled black snake with a glossy shine, and depending on the locality, it may have varying degrees of pattern dorsally although some individuals lack pattern all together.
Kingsnakes will be found where grassy fields meets woods or among abandoned debris such as old barns. Although their primary diet is small warm blooded mammals such as mice they will also feed opportunistically on frogs, reptiles and bird eggs. And as you will see below the reptiles they eat can be beneficial to those of us who venture out into the wild.
As a child I can remember my father’s reluctance to engage snakes found in the wild. I also remember his admonition to leave black snakes alone as they would feast on otherwise undesirable creatures from our human point of view.
With that in mind please have a look at a Black Kingsnake in action: