California Kingsnake

Scientific: Lampropletis californiae
Spanish: Serpiente rey de California

Diet: Small mammals, other snakes
Habitat: Forests, woodlands, chaparral, coastal sage scrub
Status: Least Concern

A Royal Snake
Kingsnakes of many colors and patterns can be found throughout the country. The Museum’s resident live snake has a brown and white pattern, typical of kingsnakes from coastal California, and is called “Chocolate Phase”. 

Can you guess how the kingsnake got its name?
Snakes in the genus Lampropletis are called the “kings of snakes” because they eat other snakes. Kingsnakes will eat any kind of snake, including rattlesnakes, whose venom they are resistant to.