A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

California Mountain Kingsnakes found in California


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Not Dangerous (Non-poisonous) 
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.

Sierra Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata (multicincta)
Coast Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata (multifasciata)
San Bernardino Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata (parvirubra)

San Diego Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata (pulchra)
St. Helena Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata (zonata)
Currently no subspecies of this snake are recognized.
This map illustrates the complete range of the species
divided into the ranges of the formerly recognized subspecies.

Brown: Lampropeltis zonata multicincta  -
Sierra Mountain Kingsnake

Orange: Lampropeltis zonata  multifasciata -
 Coast Mountain Kingsnake

Light Blue: Lampropeltis zonata  parvirubra -
 San Bernardino Mountain Kingsnake

Purple: Lampropeltis zonata pulchra -
 San Diego Mountain Kingsnake

Red: Lampropeltis zonata zonata -
 St. Helena Mountain Kingsnake

Yellow: L. z. zonata x L. z. multifasciata Intergrades = Diablo Mountain Kingsnake

Gray: General area of intergradation

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