[Lampropeltis zonata]
  Habitat: Woodland chaparral, grassland, deserts, marshes, and even suburban areas
  Average Length: 3-4'
  Max Lifespan: 20 years
  Incubation Period: 42-63 days
  Number of Young: 5-12 eggs
  Conservation Status: Least Concern

   California king snake map 

 - Primarily diurnal, but may become nocturnal during periods of hot weather
 - Considered harmless to humans, but may bite and excrete musk and fecal matter
 - When disturbed, will often coil their bodies to hide their heads, hiss and rattle their tails, which sounds like a rattlesnake 
 - Food includes rodents, birds, amphibians, and other reptiles
 - Non-venomous, but are powerful constrictors and kill their prey through suffocation 
 - The “king” in their name refers to their propensity to hunt and consume other snakes, including venomous rattlesnakes (they are resistant, not immune, to rattlesnake venom)

 

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