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California Kingsnake
Lampropeltis getula californiae

Habitat: Varied habitat types that include open coniferous forest, woodland, swamps, coastal marshes, river bottoms, farmland, prairie, chaparral, and desert.

Range: Western U.S.A and north-western Mexico

Natural Diet: amphibians, reptiles, small birds and small mammals

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)


Fun Animal Facts

California kingsnake is a subspecies of the common kingsnake. These snakes range between 2.5 and 3.5 feet in length. They have varied color morphs in captivity and in the wild. These snakes are non-venomous. They are powerful constrictors, constricting and suffocating their prey. They are diurnal that are also found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Females lay eggs with an average clutch size of 12 eggs. California kingsnakes have been popular in the pet trade.

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California kingsnakes body coloration varies with different color morphs

Distributional range in the United States