National Aquarium – Scarlet King Snake

Scarlet King Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides

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This snake typically spends its time underground or burrowed in a dead log.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Washington - Everglades National Park Gallery

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Scarlet King Snake

The scarlet king snake has a tri-color pattern of black, red, and yellow bands that mimic the venomous coral snake. Juveniles usually have the same colors as adults, but often have rings that look more off-white than yellow. As they mature, their rings turn more yellow.

This is a very small, secretive species of snake rarely seen moving about on the ground. It typically spends its time underground or burrowed into a dead log.

Diet

Primarily small snakes and lizards

Size

Usually grows up to 20 inches in length

Range

Eastern United States, particularly Florida

Population Status

Least concern

Predators

Birds, small mammals, and other king snakes prey on the scarlet king snake.

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A Note From the Caretaker

You can differentiate the harmless scarlet king snake from the venomous coral snake by the phrase, “Red touch yellow, kill a fellow. Red touch black, good for Jack.” However, this phrase is only true in the United States!