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Title: Meet our California King Snake!
By: msalazar
March 31, 2020
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Where do California King Snakes Live?


The California King Snake can be found throughout California, and into parts of Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico, and Baja California. Habitats vary, and can include forests, woodlands, chaparrals, grasslands, marshes, farmlands, ranches, deserts, and even suburban areas.


What do they look like?


The California king snakes are typically banded, with colors ranging from black and white to brown and white. Many years of selective captive breeding have resulted in California King Snakes now being available in various colors and patterns.


How big do they get?


Adults average 3-5 feet in length.


- Stretch out your arms and have someone measure. How long is your arm span?


When do they sleep?


They normally sleep at night. California king snakes are diurnal which means that they are active during the day.


- Can you think of other animals that are diurnal?


What do they eat?


California King Snakes eat a variety of small mammals, birds, other snakes, lizards, frogs, eggs (avian & reptile).


- What kinds of things do you like to eat?


What predators do California King Snakes have?


Predators can include hawks, coyotes, raccoons, foxes, and other king snakes.


Interesting fact:


King Snakes earned their name from eating other snakes. They appear to have an immunity to pit viper venom which allows them to prey upon venomous snakes like the rattlesnake.


Thank you for learning about our California King Snake!



Author Info
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Miguel Salazar, Animal Programs Coordinator, has been with Kidspace Children’s Museum since 2018. He came to work here after a 23 year career in the Veterinary field. His hobby has always been keeping and caring for exotic animals, especially reptiles which he has kept and bred for over 35 years. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Miguel’s favorite Kidspace exhibit is the Observation Beehive.


Miguel Salazar, Coordinador de Programas de Animales, ha estado con el Museo de Niños Kidspace desde 2018. Cuando se unió Kidspace Miguel contaba con una experiencia laboral en el sector veterinario. Su pasatiempo siempre ha sido mantener y cuidar animales exóticos, especialmente reptiles que ha mantenido y criado durante más de 35 años. Obtuvo su Licenciatura en Ciencia Animal de la Universidad Politécnica de California, Pomona. La exhibición favorita de Miguel en Kidspace es el área de observación de la colmena de abejas.