California Mountain Kingsnake
Appearance: The California Mountain Kingsnake can grow up
to 4 feet long, and has red, black, and yellow/cream colored markings.
Range: Found in deserts, swamplands, grasslands, pine and
deciduous forests, and elevations up to 8,500 feet.
Reproduction: Lays eggs in loose, well-aerated soil under
rocks or other surface objects or within decaying logs.
Diet: A variety of prey including amphibians, lizards, rodents,
and birds, and are well-known for their ability to consume rattlesnakes.
- Unfortunately, the numbers of Mountain Kingsnakes are dwindling
because the pet trade is poaching them.
- Secondly, people often mistake them for the venomous Coral Snake,
due to their similar coloration.
- The Coral Snake is not indigenous to California. A good way
to differentiate the two is by the order of their banding. In
Mountain Kingsnakes, the red band is next to the black band and
the snout is black. In Coral snakes, the red is next to yellow
- A good way to remember the difference is by this poem:
"If Red touches Yellow, it can kill a fellow
If Red touches Black, it's okay for Jack."