California Kingsnake

California Kingsnake

California Kingsnakes like all others are considered to be snake eaters and will readily take on another snake even one which is venoumous. Even with this trait considered members of the kingsnake family make very good pets. The California Kingsnake is among the most popular due to it’s striking black and white color.

Kingsnakes have a number of pattern and color variations. The most common and easily recognized pattern is banding, usually light-colored bands on a darker background. Some California kingsnakes have stripes that run along the body from head to tail. Stripes are much less common than bands, although California kingsnakes in San Diego and Riverside counties often have them.

Sometimes the stripes are broken up into dot-dashes or even separated into spots! These patterns break up the snake’s body outline so it is less noticeable to predators like hawks, eagles, coyotes, raccoons, foxes, skunks, bobcats, and even other kingsnakes.