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California Kingsnake

CONSERVATION STATUS : LEAST CONCERN
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Squamata
Genus & Species: Lampropeltis getulus californiae     
Family: Colubridae

Status:

Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Range:

Oregon to southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and the Baja Peninsula of Mexico.

Habitat:

Extremely variable. Desert, chaparral covered hillsides, pine forests up to an elevation of 6900 feet, and coastal marshland.

Activity:

Crepuscular (active in the morning and late afternoon), but nocturnal when temperatures are extremely warm. They begin hibernation in late October and emerge in March.

Diet:

Other snakes, lizards, birds, bird eggs, small mammals, turtles, and frogs.