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Lampropeltis splendida (BAIRD & GIRARD, 1853)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesDesert Kingsnake 
SynonymOphibolus splendidus BAIRD & GIRARD 1853: 83
Coronella getulus var. splendida — JAN 1865
Lampropeltis splendida — COPE
Lampropeltis getulus splendida — TAYLOR 1952
Lampropeltis getulus splendida — WEBB 1984
Lampropeltis getulus splendida — TANNER 1985: 634
Lampropeltis getula splendida — DIXON 2000
Lampropeltis getula splendida — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 423
Lampropeltis splendida — PYRON & BURBRINK 2009
Lampropeltis getula splendida — LAITA 2013
Lampropeltis splendida — WALLACH et al. 2014: 359 
DistributionUSA (C Texas to SE Arizona), to NC Mexico (incl. San Luis Potosi, Durango, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua); isolated records from N New Mexico and S Colorado.

Type Locality: Sonora, Mexico (no further locality given).  
TypesHolotype: USNM 1726, collected by Col. J.D. Graham. 
EtymologySpecific epithet refers to the ‘splendid’ visage of the dorsal coloration. 
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  • Blanchard, Frank N. 1920. A synopsis of the king snakes: Genus Lampropeltis Fitzinger. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (87): 1-7 - get paper here
  • Blaney, Richard M. 1977. Systematics of the common kingsnake, Lampropeltis getulus (Linnaeus). Tulane Studies in Zoology and Botany 19 (3-4): 47-103 - get paper here
  • Carbajal-Márquez, Rubén A., Zaira Y. González-Saucedo, Gustavo Quintero-Diaz and Martín Lara. 2013. Lampropeltis splendida (desert kingsnake) diet. Herpetological Review 44 (4): 692
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Davis DR, LaDuc TJ 2018. Amphibians and reptiles of C. E. Miller Ranch and the Sierra Vieja, Chihuahuan Desert, Texas, USA ZooKeys 735: 97-130 - get paper here
  • Dixon, James R. 2000. Amphibians and reptiles of Texas, second edition. Texas A&M University Press, 421 pp.
  • Haines-Eitzen, Eli and Lee, Justin L. 2017. Lampropeltis splendida (Desert Kingsnake) Coloration Herpetological Review 48 (1): 213 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Jan, G. 1865. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 12. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1865. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 14. Livraison. [Elapomorphus d’Orbignyi, Coronella getulus var. Sayi]. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Kasper, Stephen. 2014. Geographical Distribution: Lampropeltis splendida (desert kingsnake). Herpetological Review 45 (4): 664
  • Laita, Mark 2013. Serpentine. Abrams and PQ Blackwell, Auckland, New Zealand, 200 unnumbered pages
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A. and James R. Dixon 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí. Eagle Mountain Publishing, xii + 300 pp.
  • Pyron, R. Alexander; Frank T. Burbrink 2009. Systematics of the Common Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula; Serpentes: Colubridae) and the burden of heritage in taxonomy. Zootaxa 2241: 22-32 - get paper here
  • Root, Shaun T. and Darrell Ahlers. 2013. Lampropeltis splendida (desert kingsnake) diet. Herpetological Review 44 (3): 523-524
  • Tanner, Wilmer W. 1985. Snakes of Western Chihuahua. Great Basin Naturalist 45 (4): 615-676 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1952. Third contribution of the herpetology of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 34 (13): 793-815 - get paper here
  • Tennant, A. & Bartlett, R.D. 2000. Snakes of North America - Eastern and Central Regions. Gulf Publishing, Houston, TX, 588 pp.
  • Terán-Juárez, Sergio A., Elí García Padilla, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Tamaulipas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (1): 43–113 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Webb, R.G. 1984. Herpetogeography in the Mazatlán-Durango Region of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. Vetrebrate Ecology and Systematics - A ribute to Henry S. Fitch; Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, pp. 217-241
  • Werler, John E. & James R. Dixon 2000. Texas Snakes. University of Texas Press, 544 pages
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