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California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata


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California Mountain Kingsnake
credit: Dawson

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Family: Colubridae, Colubrid Snakes view all from this family

Description Dark red with black bordered white stipes/rings along body. Scales in rows of 23. Single anal plate.

Dimensions 50.8-101.6cm. (20-40")

Subspecies St. Helena - Dark snout, red bands on 60% of midline on back. California to Oregon.
Sierra - Less than 60% continuous bands. Sierra Nevada to Kern County, California.
Coast - Similar to St. Helena. Santa Cruz & Clara counties to Santa Barbara, California.
San Bernadino - Dark snout, more than 37 tri colored rings on body. San Gabriel, Bernadino and Jacinto mountains, California.
San Diego - 36 tri colored rings. San Diego, California.

Breeding 3-8 eggs laid in July. Incubated for 9-10 weeks. 20cm (8") when hatched.

Habitat Sierra Nevada pine belt to Coast Ranges Charparral forests.

Range Sierra Nevada Mountains, California to Oregon. Also San Francisco Bay to Baja California.

Discussion Also known as Coral Kingsnake. Dirunal, during hot weather nocturnal. Hides under rocks and logs before hunting. Lizards, small snakes, birds and eggs form main diet. Longest living was 24 years.