Lampropeltis mexicana 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Colubridae

Scientific Name: Lampropeltis mexicana (Garman, 1884)
Common Name(s):
English Mexican Kingsnake
Ophibolus triangulus ssp. mexicanus Garman, 1884

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Vazquez Díaz, J. & Quintero Díaz, G.E.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This Mexican endemic is found in Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, the western half of San Luis Potosi, extreme northeastern Jalisco, northwestern Guanajuato, extreme western Tamaulipas, southern Nuevo Leon, and extreme southeastern Coahuila. It occurs from 1,300 to 2,400 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:It is a rare species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a very secretive species inhabiting mainly desert areas and woodlands, as well as oak forests and grasslands. It hides under rocks and fallen tree trunks, and can also be found close to houses. Its diet includes amphibians, reptiles and small mammals (Ferri 1992, Vázquez and Quintero 2005). It is oviparous, and lays between three to five eggs (Markel 1990).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is commonly killed because it is confused by local people with the venomous coral snakes. Overall, however, there are no major threats to this species at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It range includes Santa Rosa state protected area.

Citation: Vazquez Díaz, J. & Quintero Díaz, G.E. 2007. Lampropeltis mexicana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T63830A12720231. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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