SPECIES: getulus californiae
Skin has various patterns (bands, stripes, speckles) and colors (black and white, brown and yellow, etc). Adults are at least 3 feet long.
GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Western U.S. from Baja California, north to Oregon and Southern Utah and east to western Arizona. Lives in rock outcrops, semi-desert, brushy hillsides, or pine forests.
Carnivorous. Mice, lizards, birds, other snakes. Crepuscular, but nocturnal during hot, summer months.
LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:
Oviparous. Lays around two dozen eggs in rotted logs, etc. Young hatch in two months and are about a foot long.
King snakes are wholly or partially immune to the venom of rattlesnakes and will kill and eat them. This behavior gives them a good reputation with humans in rural areas.
The Education Department snake is named "Majapa" which means "Headman" in the Yahi(Native American) tribe.
1 Male. He is used in our Education and Zoomobile programs and is not viewable by the public.
STATUS IN WILD:
Not considered endangered. Listed as a species of Least Concern by IUCN.