Lampropeltis calligaster (Harlan) – Yellow-bellied Kingsnake
Lampropeltis calligaster (Harlan) – Yellow-bellied Kingsnake

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     Exact locality, based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Exact locality, based on literature record believed valid
     Approximate locality based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Approximate locality based on literature record believed valid
     County record only, based on specimens or photographs examined
     County record only, based on literature report believed valid
     Type locality
?      Questionable and/or problematic record

Taxonomy:  Three subspecies are recognized (Crother et al. 2012).  The distribution map provided by Conant and Collins (1998) shows L. c. rhombomaculata (Mole Kingsnake) in eastern Tennessee and L. c. calligaster (Prairie Kingsnake) in the northern half of western and central Tennessee, with intergradient populations in the southern half of western and central Tennessee. 

Distribution: Based on museum and literature records, the Yellow-bellied Kingsnake is well documented from counties in the southern two-thirds of eastern Tennessee from Polk to Cocke counties and north-central Tennessee, from Weakley to Robertson counties.  Records are lacking for the counties of northeastern Tennessee and many counties in the central and extreme western parts of the state. 

Museum Records by Counties: AndersonFLMNH 19690.   BlountAPSU 3762; GSMNP 4005; UTKVZC 6654.  CannonMTSU 83S.  CarrollAPSU 17488; MTSU 162S; LSUMZ 34955.  ChesterAPSU 13300, 13301.  CoffeeAPSU 17671; MTSU 151S.  FranklinMCZ 65526.  GibsonAPSU 19605.  HamiltonMTSU 99S.  HenryLSUMZ 43948.  KnoxMCZ 79, 208; UTKVZC 4192, 4442.  LawrenceLSUMZ 43966.  McMinnFLMNH 10781-10783, 10785-10787, 10789, 11778, 33466.  McNairyAPSU 19309.  MonroeFLMNH 10784, 10788.  MontgomeryAPSU 2110, 2112, 2115, 2120, 2126, 2132, 2349, 3588, 4312, 4487, 5075, 5963, 6012, 6108; FLMNH 116008; LSUMZ 35482.  PutnamNCSM 8166, 8170, 8174, 8180, 8468; TTU 58, 298, 733.   RheaFLMNH 10780.  RoaneAPSU 2500.  RobertsonAPSU 4343.  StewartAPSU 400, 4966, 4974, 5549.  WeakleyAPSU 15706.  WhiteNCSM 8198. 

Literature Sources by Counties: BlountHuheey and Stupka (1965, 1967), Tilley and Huheey (2001).  CarrollConant (1930).  ChesterParker (1947, 1948), Endsley (1954).  CockeConant (1930).  CoffeeHimebaugh (2005), Miller et al. (2005), Niemiller (2005).  DicksonSinclair (1951a), Gentry (1956).  FranklinMcCrady and Rodarmor (1967), Cameron and McCrady (1978).  GibsonOwen et al. (2016).  HamiltonMiller (1996).  KnoxBlanchard (1920b, 1921), Tyron (1989).  LawrenceGentry (1956).  MadisonParker (1947, 1948).  MontgomeryScott (1967), Scott and Snyder (1968), Zirkle (1993).  McNairyButterfield et al. (2012).  PolkAsh (1945).  RheaGentry (1956).  RoaneJohnson (1964).  WarrenNiemiller et al. (2006).  WayneGentry (1956). 

Questionable and/or Erroneous Records:  One specimen was collected by Glenn Gentry in 1958 (LSUMZ 34955) from Natchez Trace State Park.  No specific county was provided and the Park occurs in both Carroll and Henderson counties.  To denote the possibility that the specimen was from Henderson County, a question mark was placed in Henderson County on the distribution map for the species. 

Conservation Status: None. 

Posted: 23 March 2009

Latest Revision: 11 August 2016


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