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.