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Sapphire

Species: King Snake (Lampropeltis sp.)

Sapphire

Native to North America, they can be found in grasslands, ditches, pastures and prairies. They can grow to lengths of up to 93-120cm (37-47”).  The King snake is a non-venomous, opportunistic carnivore - feeding on rodents, lizards, eggs and even venomous snakes, killing prey by constriction.  They often  mimic  other  snakes  and  have  colouration  and  patterns  similar  to  the venomous  coral  snake  which  can  lead  to  confusion. There are rhymes to help distinguish between them “Red and yellow kills a fellow. Red and Black are safe for Jack.”