A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Photo Index of California Snakes
These are pictures of every kind of native snake in California along with any well-established non-native species.

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More Lists and Information Abouit California Snakes

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snake snake snake snake
Northern Rubber Boa
Charina bottae

Southern Rubber Boa
Charina umbratica
Rosy Boa
Lichanura orcutti
(Lichanura trivirgata)
snake snake© Dick Bartlett
Desert Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans eburnata
California Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans occidentalis
Mohave Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans candida
Baja California Ratsnake
Bogertophis rosaliae

snake snake
Colorado Desert
Shovel-nosed Snake
Chionactis annulata annulata

Mohave Shovel-nosed Snake
Chionactis occipitalis
San Joaquin Coachwhip
Coluber (Masticophis) flagellum ruddocki
Red Racer (Red Coachwhip)
Coluber (Masticophis) flagellum piceus

Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Coluber constrictor mormon
snake© Dick Bartlett snake snake© Brad Alexander snake
Baja California Coachwhip
Coluber (Masticophis) fuliginosus
Desert Striped Whipsnake
Coluber (Masticophis) taeniatus taeniatus
California Striped Racer
Coluber (Masticophis)
lateralis lateralis
snake snake snake snake
Alameda Striped Racer
Coluber (Masticophis)
lateralis euryxanthus
Forest Sharp-tailed Snake
Contia longicauda
Common Sharp-tailed Snake
Contia tenuis

Pacific Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus amabilis
snake snake snake snake
San Bernardino Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus modestus

Northwestern Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus occidentalis
Coral-bellied Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus pulchellus
Regal Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus regalis
snake snake snake snake
© Jason Jones
San Diego Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus similis

Monterey Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus vandenburgii
Desert Nightsnake
Hypsiglena chlorophaea (torquata) deserticola
San Diego Nightsnake
Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha (torquata) klauberi

snake snake snake snake
California Nightsnake
Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha (torquata) nuchalata
California Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata
Coast Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis multifasciata
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake
Phyllorhynchus decurtatus
snake snake snake snake
California Kingsnake
Lampropeltis californiae

snake snake snake snake
Sonoran Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer affinis

San Diego Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer annectens
Pacific Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Great Basin Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer deserticola
snake snake snake snake
Santa Cruz Island Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer pumilus

Long-nosed Snake
Rhinocheilus lecontei
Desert Patch-nosed Snake
Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis
snake snake snake snake
Mohave Patch-nosed Snake
Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis

Coast Patch-nosed Snake
Salvadora hexalepis virgultea
Smith's Black-headed Snake
Tantilla hobartsmithi
Western Black-headed Snake
Tantilla planiceps

snake snake snake snake
Variable Groundsnake
Sonora semiannulata semiannulata

snake snake snake snake
Santa Cruz Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus atratus
Oregon Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus
Diablo Range Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus
Sierra Gartersnake
Thamnophis couchii

snake snake snake snake
Mountain Gartersnake
Thamnophis elegans elegans
Coast Gartersnake
Thamnophis elegans terrestris

Wandering Gartersnake
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
Giant Gartersnake
Thamnophis gigas
snake snake snake snake
Two-striped Gartersnake
Thamnophis hammondii
Marcy's Checkered Gartersnake
Thamnophis marcianus marcianus

Northwestern Gartersnake
Thamnophis ordinoides
Valley Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi
snake snake snake snake
California Red-sided Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis
San Francisco Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia
Sonoran Lyresnake
Trimorphodon lambda
California Lyresnake
Trimorphodon lyrophanes

snake© William Flaxington snake snake snake
Yellow-bellied Seasnake
Hydrophis platurus

Southwestern Threadsnake
Rena humilis humilis
Desert Threadsnake
Rena humilis cahuilae
snake snake snake snake
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake - Crotalus atrox Mohave Desert Sidewinder
Crotalus cerastes cerastes

Colorado Desert Sidewinder
Crotalus cerastes laterorepens
Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake
Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus
snake snake snake snake
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus helleri
(=Crotalus helleri)

Great Basin Rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus lutosus
(=Crotalus lutosus)
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus oreganus
(=Crotaus oreganus)

Red Diamond Rattlesnake
Crotalus ruber
snake snake    
Northern Mohave Rattlesnake
Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus
Panamint Rattlesnake
Crotalus stephensi

Non-Native Species

snake snake snake  
Florida Watersnake
Nerodia fasciata pictiventris
(Alien Species)

Common Watersnake
Nerodia sipedon
(Alien Species)
Brahminy Blindsnake
Indotyphlops braminus
(Alien Species)

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