Genus & Species: Lampropeltis getulus californiae
Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
Oregon to southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and the Baja Peninsula of Mexico.
Extremely variable. Desert, chaparral covered hillsides, pine forests up to an elevation of 6900 feet, and coastal marshland.
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.
Other snakes, lizards, birds, bird eggs, small mammals, turtles, and frogs.