Northern Mole Kingsnake Lampropeltis rhombomaculata (Holbrook, 1840)    Synonyms: Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Colubridae   >   Genus Lampropeltis   

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Northern Mole Kingsnake (Lampropeltis rhombomaculata) ranges into the southern counties of Maryland's western shore, the northernmost extent of its known range. This serpent occupies upland mixed forests, agricultural fields and pastureland, and wooded riparian zones. This animal is primarily fossorial (active underground) and nocturnal, and it is seldom encountered, except when dispersing above ground after rain. The demographics of these dispersing individuals may be heavily-skewed towards males searching for mates. This snake usually eats small animals, especially reptiles (Tennant, 2003; Maryland DNR site).

There are 66 records in the project database.

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A Northern Mole Kingsnake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/17/2016). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Northern Mole Kingsnake in Rapides Parish, Louisiana (June, 2009). Photo by Troy Hibbitts. (MBP list)

A Northern Mole Kingsnake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/25/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Northern Mole Kingsnake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/25/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Northern Mole Kingsnake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/14/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

Northern Mole Kingsnake in Charles Co., Maryland (4/22/2018). (c) Matthew Moskwik, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Moskwik via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Northern Mole Kingsnake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/1/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

Northern Mole Kingsnake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/19/2017). (c) Timothy Reichard, all rights reserved. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

Northern Mole Kingsnake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/19/2017). (c) Timothy Reichard, all rights reserved. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

A Northern Mole Kingsnake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

Northern Mole Kingsnake in Maryland (5/16/2020). (c) willet63, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by willet63 via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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