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California Kingsnake

Lampropeltis californiae

Description:

Beautiful yellow-and-brown Kingsnake, approximately 3.5-4 ft long.

Habitat:

Observed in the San Jacinto Wildlife Area a few feet from one of the freshwater marsh ponds in the San Jacinto River flood plain.

Notes:

Remained poised in the photographed position watching us for ~2 minutes, before slowly slithering off. I was fascinated to learn that the California Kingsnakes are powerful constrictors, having "the strongest squeeze proportionate to body size of any snakes, twice that of a similarly sized rat snake or python." (Wikipedia)

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4 Comments

yahk66
yahk66 3 months ago

Thanks, Daniele. We were out birding, then turned around and there he/she was! My first Kingsnake, and such a pretty one!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Great specimen!

yahk66
yahk66 3 months ago

Thank you Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Amazing spotting. Good notes too. Thanks for sharing.

yahk66
Spotted by
yahk66

California, USA

Lat: 33.88, Long: -117.11

Spotted on Apr 13, 2019
Submitted on Apr 20, 2019

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