Even though I found it DOR I'm still gonna count it as a lifer. Found on the road in the campground at night after road cruising. Only pic I took was after it was prepped to be a SDNHM specimen. Nice looking little one.
2nd one found during field survey.
One of 2 live ones found during a field survey with SDNHM. Found outside of town amongst the rocks in early afternoon. I did not find either of these so can't count it as lifer but still pretty cool to see them.
Found on the crawl in Santa Cruz Co. Left it that way after taking a couple of photos.
on a trip to view zonata and crotalid
Sierra Mountain Kingsnake
Elevation: Around 5700'
Lampropeltis zonata, or the California mountain kingsnake, is a species of nonvenomous colubrid snake, which is endemic to North America. It is a coral snake mimic, having a similar pattern consisting of red, black, and yellow on its body, but the snake is completely harmless. Five subspecies are recognized, including the nominotypical subspecies.