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 San Diego Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata pulchra)




San Diego Mountain Kingsnake | Lampropeltis zonata-pulchra photo
San Diego Mountain Kingsnake

Photograph by Rob Lovich. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

SAN DIEGO MOUNTAIN KINGSNAKE FACTS

Description
The San Diego Mountain Kingsnake is a colorful species with black, white and red crossbands that completely encircle the body and tail. It has smooth, glistening scales. The snout and eyes are generally black. Southern populations often have red spotting on top of head. There usually 37 or fewer sets of bands (average 33). Juveniles are similar to adults. The San Diego Mountain Kingsnake is similar to (a) Lampropeltis getula which has light color on snout and no red markings; and (b) Rhinocheilus lecontei which has a pointed snout and body bands that do not completely encircle body, but form saddles.

Size
length 50cm - 100 cm

Environment
found in coniferous forest, woodlands, wooded areas along rivers and streams, coastal sage scrub.

Food
Eats lizards, small mammals, nestling birds, bird eggs, amphibians, and occasionally snakes,

Breeding
Females lay 4-9 moderate-sized white, leathery-shelled eggs in June or early July. The eggs hatch after about 2 months, and hatchlings are usually seen between late August and early October.

Range
Found in southern California

Notes
Non-venomous - harmless to humans.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Lampropeltis
Species:zonata pulchra
Common Name:San Diego Mountain Kingsnake


Relatives in same Genus
  Gray-banded Kingsnake (L. alterna)
  Prairie Kingsnake (L. calligaster calligaster)
  Mole Kingsnake (L. calligaster rhombomaculata)
  California Kingsnake (L. getula californiae)
  Florida Kingsnake (L. getula floridana)
  Eastern Kingsnake (L. getula getula)
  Speckled Kingsnake (L. getula holbrooki)
  Desert Kingsnake (L. getula splendida)
  Mexican Kingsnake (L. mexicana mexicana)
  Mexican Milk Snake (L. triangulum annulata)
  Pueblan Milk Snake (L. triangulum campbelli)
  Scarlet Kingsnake (L. triangulum elapsoides)
  Honduran Milk Snake (L. triangulum hondurensis)
  Nelson's Milk Snake (L. triangulum nelsoni)
  Sinaloan Milk Snake (L. triangulum sinaloae)
  Red Milk Snake (L. triangulum syspila)
  Milk Snake (L. triangulum triangulum)