Scientific name: Lampropeltis getula californiae
Common name: California Kingsnake
Size: 19.7-43.8 in (50-111 cm)
Distinguishing characters: A polymorphic species with various color and pattern phases consisting primarily of alternating bands of black or brown, and white or yellow (banded phase) or longitudinal stripes of these same colors (striped phase); some individuals exhibit partial patterns of both and can appear marbled, spotted, or blotched; scales smooth and glossy; snout light colored; single anal scale.
Juveniles: Similar to adults.
Additional notes: Individuals may excrete musk, vibrate tail, and bite when handled. Widespread in many habitats.
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Last update: 05 March 2003