Common Kingsnake
Lampropeltis geluta

Family Colubridae

Adults 36" to nearly 72" in length. Color black or dark brown, with either white or pale yellow bands (subspecies californae), or yellow crossbands across back and yellow speckles along sides. Smooth scales. Usually two rows of scales on underside of tail. Single anal plate.
Elevation Range:
Known in Colorado only at around 5200' in Montezuma County and at 4000' in Otero County.
Subspecies in Colorado:
Lampropeltis geluta californae in southwestern Colorado;
population in eastern Colorado (Otero County) are integrades between L. g. holbrooki and L. g. splendida.
  Common Kingsnake
Photo from Hammerson, 1986.
Used with permission.
CountyRef. CountyRef. CountyRef. CountyRef.
Adams  Dolores *  La Plata  Pitkin 
Alamosa  Douglas  Lake  Prowers * 
Arapahoe  Eagle  Larimer  Pueblo 
Archuleta  El Paso  Las AnimasSB2 Rio Blanco 
Baca *  Elbert  Lincoln  Rio Grande 
BentEB7 Fremont  Logan  Routt 
Boulder  Garfield  Mesa  Saguache 
Chaffee  Gilpin  Mineral  San Juan 
Cheyenne  Grand  Moffat  San Miguel 
Clear Creek  Gunnison  MontezumaH Sedgwick 
Conejos  Hinsdale  Montrose  Summit 
Costilla  Huerfano  Morgan  Teller 
Crowley *  Jackson  OteroH Washington 
Custer  Jefferson  Ouray  Weld 
Delta  Kiowa *  Park  Yuma 
Denver  Kit Carson  Phillips 
Map of Colorado
Color Key
Adams Alamosa Arahapoe Archuleta Baca Bent Boulder Chaffee Cheyenne Clear Creek Conejos Costilla Crowley Custer Delta Denver Dolores Douglas Eagle El Paso Elbert Fremont Garfield Gilpin Grand Gunnison Hinsdale Huerfano Jackson Jefferson Kiowa Kit Carson La Plata Lake Larimer Las Animas Lincoln Logan Mesa Mineral Moffat Montezuma Montrose Morgan Otero Ouray Park Phillips Pitkin Prowers Pueblo Rio Blanco Rio Grande Routt Saguache San Juan San Miguel Sedgewick Summit Teller Washington Weld Yuma