California King Snake

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California King Snake

Lampropeltis getula californiae


He was a former pet abandoned to Peninsula Humane Society. He was transferred to CuriOdyssey in Oct. 2008.

Fun Facts

California King Snakes have a very high tolerance to rattlesnake venom. Although they are not totally immune, they can withstand multiple rattlesnake bites without any effect.

Birth Date


Wild Diet

Feeds largely, although not exclusively, on other snakes; also eats rodents, birds, and lizards, and can consume rattlesnakes with no apparent ill effect

Museum Diet

Mice and small rats

Life Span

In the Wild: 10 to 15 years
In Captivity: 15 to 20 years


Varied but normally associated with rocky outcrops, brushy semi-desert areas, and brushy hillsides. Also found in pine forests.


Baja California, north to Oregon and southern Utah, and east to western Arizona

Conservation Status:

No special status.