Brooks’ King Snake

Scientific Name Lampropelitis getula brooksi

Native To Florida especially the south

Habitat farmlands, swamps and everglades

Diet carnivores – lizards, mice, rats and other snakes (even venomous ones)

Size and Age The males will typically reach 4 to 6 feet and are slightly larger than females

Natural History

Brooks’ King snakes are a subspecies of the Florida king snake and are known for their distinctive parchment coloration. Brook’s king snakes are burrowers, and so they use their flat shovel like heads to push aside dirt and other ground debris to find shelter and look for food. Being excellent swimmers, they may hunt both on land and in the water, and when it comes to prey items, they are known to commonly feed on other snakes, including venomous snakes, which is why they are called King snakes.

Least Concern

Conservation Status

Many reptiles kept as pets are not housed or fed adequately due to the owner not knowing the proper care needed to keep these animals. As a result many reptiles are turned over to rescue groups or sadly, released into the wild. If you want to have a reptile as a pet, consider getting one from a rescue centre, and ensure do your research first.

Interesting Facts

  1. They are diurnal (awake during the day) but in extreme heat will seek shelter at day and emerge at night
  2. If threatened they will hiss and shake their tails, mimicking rattlesnakes, and even use their poop to defend themselves
  3. Unlike many snakes, they do not hibernate during the winter