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