A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California
California Mountain Kingsnakes found in California
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This snake does not have venom that is dangerous to most humans.
These are not Coral Snakes!
The California Mountain Kingsnake is a harmless, diurnal snake of forests, chaparral, and coastal scrub. Found primarily in the mountains, but along the coast it can be found close to sea level. Often seen along mountain streams, and underneath rocks in sunny mountain clearings. Sometimes seen on roads in the evening or at night. Currently no subspecies are recognized, but the former subspecies are still accepted by many.
Check the map to determine which of the formerly-recognized subspecies occurs in your area.