My first California Mountain Kingsnake! I heard it crawling off the trail as I passed. Totally unexpected.
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.
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.
A fairly rare sighting of a California Mountain Kingsnake in Rancho Canada del Oro.
During some bushwhacking, while looking for a supposed Chumash Indian Cave, I encountered this guy. Had to think quick.....red n yellow kill a fellow, red n black venom lack.
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.