Quality Colubrids
Madison, Wisconsin

Variable Kingsnake

Lampropeltis mexicana

A male mex-mex from San Luis
Potosi. The males are more
colorful in this species.
A nice, gray base color, with
bright, red saddles. Some nice
striping in the neck region
is also typical.

A leonis phase leonis from
Nuevo Leon. A grey background
color with split saddles. This
female also has a slight overwash
of rose color.

Another leonis phase. This male
has a bright yellow-orange base

This female leonis has a light
lime-green color.

A milksnake phase leonis with
a white vase color. The saddles
have become so wide, that they
appear to be bands.

This is in my opinion, one of the most beautiful snakes in the world. Small (24-36 in), colorful, and a placid disposition (Iíve never had a mexciana attempt to bite) make these snakes superior pets. This snake exists in three separate populations in Mexico. Herpetologists try to convince us that these three distinct populations are all the same snake, but there is abundant evidence, including PCR DNA studies by RW Bryson and collegues, to indicate that this is not the case. Herpetoculturists await further developments, meanwhile, I treat this snake as three distinct subspecies, and keep my lines pure. All these snakes first came into this country in the mid 1980ís through zoo and private collectors until the Mexican government prevented any further removal of their native wildlife.

Lampropeltis mexicana mexicana: This snake has a base color of light, medium, or dark gray, with reddish brown saddles. There are some lines in captivity that have very dark base color, some speckling, solid red bellies, and some striping around the nuchal notch. It is found in the state of San Luis Potosi, most specimens coming from the vicinity of Valle de los Fantasmas, so there is limited variability amoung captive stock. I have some animals from Shannon Brown of High Sierra Herps, and Jim Stepflug of Southwest Wisconsin Reptiles.

Lampropeltis mexicana leonis: This snake originates from the state of Nuevo Leon. It demonstrates a wide range of variability in pattern and color. The base color of this snake can be light medium or dark gray, light or medium brown (buckskin), white, yellow, peach, orange, green, or black. Saddles can range from non-existant (black bars), to wide bands (milksnake phase). I have animals with a wide range of origin in my collection, including John Cherry, Tim Gebhard, Bob Applegate, Dan Vermylia, Chris Garcia, and Luis Torres. With fantastic bloodlines like that, I should be able to produce a wide variety of quality colors and patterns.


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