Tarahumara Mountain Kingsnakes

Tarahumara Mountain Kingsnakes

(Lampropeltis pyromelana knoblochi)

Tarahumara Mountain Kingsnakes are tricolored king snake that originates from the Tarahumara Mountain area of Chihuahua, Mexico. These docile kingsnakes are also known as “knobs” or “knoblochi” by reptile keepers. The snake typically ranges in size from 44 to 52 inches. They are distinguished by their high band count, interesting side patterns and stunning coloration. The reptile keepers that initially started keeping these in captivity in the 1980’s defined three typical random occurring variations of color and pattern: Type I (red bands with thin black and white), Type II (red bands with thick black and white), Type III (red bands with almost no black.

I started keeping Tarahumara Mountain Kings for the first time in 2009. I downsized my collection greatly in March 2010 anticipating the birth of my first child and those Tarahumara Mountain Kingsnakes were sold. I regretted it the moment I sold them and when I decided to rebuild my captive snake collection in 2014, “knoblochi” were the first snake that I acquired. These snakes are the my favorite to keep and my collection consists of a group from various lineages. We currently have a group of 2 males and 4 females as part of our breeding group.

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