A large, smooth-scaled North American constrictor which typically has shiny dark brown or black skin with lighter markings.
- Genus Lampropeltis, family Colubridae: several species, in particular L. getulus. Compare with milk snake.
- Though I've never seen a snake forty feet up a telephone pole-straight pine, I have seen black kingsnake about half that high on twisted slash, a smaller pine.
- At the zoo, the kingsnake started to wrap his body around the zookeeper's arm when he got scared.
- The kingsnake may discharge musk from glands at the base of the tail and vibrate its tail when disturbed.
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