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Family: Colubridae Order: Squamata Class: Reptilia
DISTRIBUTION, ABUNDANCE, AND SEASONALITY
Scarce to abundant, the common kingsnake is found throughout California including Santa
Catalina Island off the southern coast. It is absent only from the high mountains of the Sierra
Nevada and from the extreme northwestern and northeastern portions of the state. Widely
distributed, and occurring in nearly all habitats (exclusive of high mountains), the common
kingsnake is most abundant in valley-foothill riparian situations and in other habitats occurring
in the vicinity of irrigated agriculture. Elevation sea level to 2100 m (7000 ft).
source - CDFW
Wildlife of Yosemite National Park
Wildlife species typically found in these habitats include black bear, bobcat, gray fox, mountain kingsnake, Gilbert's skink, white-headed woodpecker, ...
Joshua Tree National Park Wildlife
California Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula californiae Found in all communities; most common in canyons with water (common) Red Coachwhip ...
Side-blotched Lizard - Desert Wildlife
Snake predators include rattlesnakes and sidewinders, coachwhips racers, gopher snakes, kingsnakes, patch-nosed snakes, long-nosed snakes and night snakes. ...
Some snakes and larger lizards begin emerging from hibernation including gopher snake, common kingsnake, desert spiny, western whiptail, and zebra-tailed ...
Carnivores - Desert Wildlife
Mountain Kingsnake · Roadrunner ...
Common name: California Kingsnake
Size: 19.7-43.8 in (50-111 cm)
Distinguishing characters: A polymorphic species with various color and pattern phases consisting primarily of alternating bands of black or brown, and white or yellow (banded phase) or longitudinal stripes of these same colors (striped phase); some individuals exhibit partial patterns of both and can appear marbled, spotted, or blotched; scales smooth and glossy; snout light colored; single anal scale.
Juveniles: Similar to adults.
Additional notes: Individuals may excrete musk, vibrate tail, and bite when handled. Widespread in many habitats.