Kingsnakes display a variety of patterns and colors. Patterns may be bands, rings, longitudinal stripes, speckles, and saddle-shaped bands. Some species are pale brown and black, while others are white, red, yellow, gray, or lavender. The most common pattern is light-colored bands on a darker background. Stripes may be broken into dot-dashes or spots. The broken patterns disguises the outline of the snake's body as camouflage to avoid predators.
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