Geographical Range Eastern and central United States, as far north as southern Iowa
Habitat Open woodlands, brushy hillsides, prairies, agricultural areas
Scientific Name Lampropeltis calligaster
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

You’d have trouble seeing this slender snake in the wild. Its pale coloring helps it blend in with its surroundings.

The prairie kingsnake lives in fields, croplands, and prairies. It often takes shelter underground in loose soil or rodent burrows. The snake preys on rodents, frogs, birds, lizards, even other snakes.