California King Snake
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
Lampropeltis getula californiae
He was a former pet abandoned to Peninsula Humane Society. He was transferred to CuriOdyssey in Oct. 2008.
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.
Feeds largely, although not exclusively, on other snakes; also eats rodents, birds, and lizards, and can consume rattlesnakes with no apparent ill effect
Mice and small rats
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
No special status.
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