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California Kingsnake

Lampropeltis californiae


A beautiful adult snake about 4 feet long. It is a banded brown and pale yellow snake that camouflages well in leaf litter and grasses. Video here: When stressed, it shakes its tail to mimic a Rattlesnake. This species has many different color and pattern possibilities such as barred or striped and black with white or brown with cream or yellow.


Evening after a hot day in Oak Woodland among grass and rocks. This species is found throughout most of the state except the highest elevations and most of the islands. It is also found in southern Oregon, Baja California and Sonora Mexico.


The Kingsnake eats small rodents, eggs and other snakes including Rattlesnakes. They are immune to their venom. iPhone series

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Looks like Jim Morrison.

California, USA

Lat: 33.00, Long: -116.91

Spotted on Jun 16, 2017
Submitted on Jun 18, 2017

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