California Kingsnake

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California Kingsnake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of this snake is Lampropeltis getulus californiae. 


  • They vary in colors, but the most commonly found colors are in black and white stripes.
  • They have black eyes.
  • The snakes shed 4 to 6 times annually.
  • The humid environment may greatly help the kingsnake in shedding.
  • Handling of snakes during the shedding should be avoided or reduced as much as possible to minimize the chances of hurting the snake while the skin is vulnerable.
  • The California kingsnakes are nocturnal animals.
  • This snake is commonly adopted as a pet.


  • East coast of North America from Ohio to Florida.


  • In the wild, mating takes place from March to June.
  • Eggs are laid from May to August.


  • There are around 15 eggs per clutch.
  • Eggs hatch 6 to 10 weeks later.


  • Adults may reach 5 feet long.
  • The baby kingsnakes are about 8 to 12 inches long.

Life Span

  • The California Kingsnake may live up to 15 to 20 years.


  • It is named kingsnake as it eats snakes, including venomous snakes.
  • Other foods are rodents, mice, rats, frogs, or lizards.
  • Hatchling should be fed with newly born mice at the frequency of 5 to 7 days.
  • A small dish of water should be provided.


  • They originate from the desert.
  • Living in different habitats such as woodland, chaparral farmland, grassland, deciduous, forest, or river bank.

Common Disease

  • Respiratory problems may result due to improper control of humidity, especially if the habitat is highly humid.