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CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN KINGSNAKE
Lampropeltis zonata

California Mountain Kingsnake - Lampropeltis zonata Lampropeltis zonata from the Greenhorn Mountains in Kern Co.,
California                                                              Photo by Ric Blair
California Mountain Kingsnake - Lampropeltis zonata  Lampropeltis   zonata   from   Santa   Cruz   County,   California
                                                                             Photo by Ric Blair

California Mountain Kingsnake - Lampropeltis zonata Lampropeltis   zonata   from   Santa   Clara   County,   California
                                                                            Photo by Ric Blair
California Mountain Kingsnake - Lampropeltis zonata Lampropeltis zonata from San Diego Co., Ca.     Photo by Ric Blair

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata
Lampropeltis zonata  from the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside
County, California                                                  Photo by Ric Blair


Distribution:  In our region, this species occurs in the mounains of coastal and interior California. It is absent from the desert regions of the state.

Legal Status:  The California Department of Fish and Game lists Lampropeltis zonata as a Species of Special Concern with the San Bernardino population (formerly recognized as L. z. parvirubra) and the San Diego population (formerly recognized as L. z. pulchra) to be potentially threatened. California Mountain Kingsnakes CAN NOT be collected in Orange and San Diego counties, and in Los Angeles County west of Interstate 5. Otherwise, throughout the remainder of California there is a bag/possession limit of one (1).


California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata
Lampropeltis zonata from El Dorado Co., Ca.  Photo by Phil Stone




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