Lampropeltis pyromelana

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Lampropeltis pyromelana
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Lampropeltis pyromelana woodini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Lampropeltis
Species: L. pyromelana
Binomial name
Lampropeltis pyromelana
(Cope, 1866)

Lampropeltis pyromelana, the Arizona mountain kingsnake, is a species of snake native to Arizona. It can grow up to 36 inches (910 mm) in length.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Within Arizona, L. pyromelana has a discontinuous range extending from the extreme northwestern corner of the state, across the central mountain ranges and the Mogollon Rim, into the "sky island" mountain ranges of the southeast. They can be found at elevations ranging from 3,000–9,000 feet (910–2,740 m) in a variety of habitats from chaparral to conifer forests, often near streams or springs and associated with juniper woodland.[1]


L. pyromelana feeds on lizards, rodents and nestling birds.[3] It tends to spend the daytime among rocks, logs, or dense clumps of vegetation.[1]


  1. ^ a b c G. A. Hammerson & F. Mendoza-Quijano (2007). "Lampropeltis pyromelana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lampropeltis Information". University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Thomas C. Brennan. "Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake". Reptiles of Arizona. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 

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