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CALIFORNIA KINGSNAKE
Lampropeltis getula californiae

California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Lampropeltis getula californiae (Banded Phase) from Maricopa County, Arizona                                              Photo by Kerby Ross California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Lampropeltis getula californiae  (Banded Phase)  from Yavapai County, Arizona                                                              Photo by Kerby Ross

California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Lampropeltis getula californiae (Striped Phase)  from Riverside County, California                                          Photo by Brian Hubbs California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Lampropeltis getula californiae (aberrant pattern)  from  Fresno
County, California                                                         Photo by Brian Hubbs

California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Eating a Pacific Gopher Snake - Pituophis catenifer catenifer Lampropeltis getula californiae   from Kings County,  California
eating   a   Pacific Gopher Snake  (Pituophis catenifer catenifer)
                                                                 Photo by Patrick H. Briggs


Distribution:  In our region, this species occurs throughout most of California, much of Arizona, southern Nevada and extreme southern Utah. In southeastern Arizona it intergrades with both Lampropeltis getula nigrita and Lampropeltis getula splendida.

Legal Status:  The California Kingsnake has no protected status in our region.

Note:  To learn more about the many naturally occurring aberrations of this species please click here.


California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Lampropeltis getula californiae (Banded Phase) from San Diego County, California                                              Photo by Will Wells California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Lampropeltis getula californiae  (Striped Phase) from San Diego County, California                                                              Photo by Will Wells

California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae Lampropeltis getula californiae  from  La Paz  County,  Arizona
constricting  and eating  a  young  Mohave  Rattlesnake  (Crotalus
scutulatus
)                                                     Photo by Dave Weber




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