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  • English
    • California Mountain King Snake
    • California Mountain Kingsnake
  • German
    • Bergkonigsnatter, Korallen-Konigsnatter
    • Bergkönigsnatter
    • Korallen-Königsnatter
  • Scientific Names
    • Lampropeltis zonata
    • Coluber zonatus
    • Lampropeltis herrerae
    • Lampropeltis multicincta
    • Lampropeltis zonata agalma
    • Ophibolus getulus multicinctus
  • Spanish
    • Culebra real de la montaña San Pedro
    • Culebra real de montaña de California

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

Observer

tiwane

Date

July 2, 2014 12:17 PM PDT

Place

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Description

My first California Mountain Kingsnake! I heard it crawling off the trail as I passed. Totally unexpected.

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What

San Diego Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata ssp. pulchra

Observer

gregpauly

Date

June 23, 2014 10:22 AM PDT

Description

I came around a corner on the Backbone Trail to meet another biker heading up the trail. He said to be careful of the coral snake in the trail, which he had just ridden around. I looked down to see an absolutely stunning adult Mtn. King. I jumped off my bike in hopes of getting a photo but the snake had been spooked by the first biker, had already made a U-turn, and was heading for cover. There must have been a hole in the ground amongst the dense vegetation because the snake disappeared as soon as it got off the trail and I was only about 2 seconds behind it.

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California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

Observer

fabflockfinder

Date

June 19, 2014 08:48 PM PDT

Description

On road after dark. Luckily I did not hit it. Took photos.

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

Observer

chrispherp

Date

June 15, 2014 11:22 AM PDT

Description

Didn't find any actual snakes but did flip this juvenile mountain king shed, I realized I didn't take close up pics of the shed but you can clearly see the banded pattern on it.

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

Observer

james3

Date

June 9, 2014

Place

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

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kueda

Date

June 5, 2014 09:03 PM PDT

Description

My first Mountain Kingsnake didn't exactly yield great pics, but it was still a great experience of expectation fulfillment. We were told they were up there, and sure enough, there was one in the middle of the road between our moth lights.

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

Observer

robberfly

Date

June 5, 2014 08:57 PM PDT

Description

Ken-ichi found this beauty in between moth lights...

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

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genevievec

Date

May 27, 2014

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California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

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nicolas

Date

May 27, 2014 11:42 AM PDT

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

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heidibeswick

Date

May 27, 2014 11:30 AM HST

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

Observer

james3

Date

May 12, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

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What

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

Observer

caius

Date

January 10, 2013
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Description from Wikipedia

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.

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Conservation Summary

No range data available.