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California Mountain Kingsnake

The California mountain kingsnake is a very brightly-colored snake belonging to the colubrid family (and hence, non-venomous), and are completely harmless. They are found in North America, along with their 7 subspecies.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Lampropeltis
    Species L. zonata
    Scientific Name Lampropeltis zonata


    Length Varies between subspecies; 20 – 50 inches long (51 – 127 cm.)
    Coloration The whole body consist of reddish orange, black, and white crossbands
    Distribution Western United States and northwest Mexico
    Habitat Found mostly in the mountains
    Diet Mouse, lizards, bird eggs, nestling birds, small mammals and other smaller snakes
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Clutch Size 4-12 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 13th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 2nd September 2017.

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