California Kingsnake

Lampropelis californiae

California Kingsnake
Photo: Chris Brown, USGS

King snakes are medium sized with “normal” proportions. All are constrictors; some are at least partially immune to the poison of venomous snakes.

Description:
Shiny chocolate brown to black with horizontal bands of yellow. Belly may be plain white to blotched with black. About 36″ to 82” long.
Habitat:
Common in open country, woodlands, chaparral.
Range:
Southwestern OR south through CA into Baja CA; east to southern UT and western AZ
Food:
Feeds on rodents and other snakes.
Season:
Mates mid-March to June
Reproduction:
Comments:
They are generally active during the day, especially early morning and at dusk. During warm summer months they tend to become nocturnal.
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