Grey-Banded Kingsnake

Lampropeltis alterna

Desert Beauty…
The Grey-Banded kingsnake, or more commonly just referred to as a “Blairs”, is a species of brightly colored, non-venomous colubrid snake, found in the Trans-Pecos/Chihuahuan Desert region of West Texas, and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

These bright, orange banded kingsnakes are moderately sized, rarely exceeding 46 inches, however specimens up to 57 inches have been recorded.

In the wild, grey-banded kingsnakes are not often encountered. They are uncommon, nocturnal, and quite secretive. Their natural range is sparsely populated with humans, and many regions are virtually impassable due to the mountainous terrain.

Conservation Status:  Not listed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Wild populations appear to be uncommon but stable at this point.

Did You Know?
For the past three decades the Grey-Banded Kingsnake has been one of the most sought after snakes in the world to reptile enthusiasts.  The beautiful colors, mild temperament, and rarity has made them one of the more valued species for private collectors around the world.