California King Snake

Lampropeltis getula californiae

King snakes are considered the king of snakes for their habit of eating other snakes, including rattlesnakes.  Rattlesnake venom has little effect on them.  The California king snake is primarily active during the day, yet will switch to night hunting as temperatures rise.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 2.5 to 4 ft
venomousVenomous: Non-venomous
habitatHabitat: Forest, grassland, marsh, desert, farms, and backyards
dietDiet: Rodents, chicks, lizards, snakes, and other small animals