Southwest Reptiles and Amphibians

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California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis californiae

(Blainville, 1835)

(Western Black Kingsnake - Lampropeltis nigrita Hybrid)

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The exact taxonomy of this Southeast Arizona kingsnake has not been determined.
It could be a hybrid of L. californiae and L. nigrita, but it could also be L. splendida which sometimes can be all black.

California Kingsnake
Adult, Arizona. © Gary Nafis. Specimen courtesy of Randy Babb.
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