Lampropeltis ruthveni

Lampropeltis ruthveni (common name: Ruthven's kingsnake) is a species of kingsnake in the family Colubridae.[1][3] It was described by Frank N. Blanchard in 1920 and named after American herpetologist Alexander Grant Ruthven.[3][4] It is endemic to Mexico.[1][3]

Lampropeltis ruthveni
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Lampropeltis
L. ruthveni
Binomial name
Lampropeltis ruthveni

Habitat and conservationEdit

Lampropeltis ruthveni occurs in thorn forest and pine-oak forest. It is a common species but its abundance is decreasing. It is collected for the international pet trade (sometimes illegally), and also habitat loss (deforestation) is a threat.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Ponce-Campos P, Flores-Villela O (2007). "Lampropeltis ruthveni". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2007: e.T63832A12720383. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T63832A12720383.en. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ Blanchard FN (1920). "A Synopsis of the King Snakes: Genus Lampropeltis Fitzinger". Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (87): 1-7.
  3. ^ a b c Lampropeltis ruthveni at the Reptile Database. Accessed 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Lampropeltis ruthveni, p. 230).

Further readingEdit

  • Blanchard FN (1920). "Three New Snakes of the Genus Lampropeltis ". Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool., Univ. Michigan (81): 1-10. (Lampropeltis ruthveni, new species, pp. 8–10 + Plate I, figure 2).