Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Find the Snake

The Prairie Kingsnake is the master of camouflage, just look at those cryptic colors. He is very difficult to see against the dry grasses of his normal habitat. Kingsnakes are among my favorites, they are beautiful snakes. As pets they are unsurpassed in their temperament. In the wild these snakes feed on a variety of prey, most especially other snakes (it is their chocolate) even venomous snakes are not safe from these adept hunters. Several species of kingsnakes live in Missouri, the prairie kingsnake (pictured), the Speckled Kingsnake and the Common Milksnake (which is a variety of king snake). Look for these guys in grassy areas, usually hiding under vegetation or other shelters available to them waiting for their prey.

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