Name this snake

Asked October 24, 2018, 9:43 PM EDT

Found this by my car in my apartment complex. What kind of snake is this? Dangerous? Most likely someone’s pet? Or wild snake?

Sutter County California

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The snake in your photo is a California kingsnake, scientific name (Lampropeltis getula californiae). It is non-venomous. Average length of this species is between three and four feet, but they can reach five feet.

This species is native to most of California, and is also found in Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

This species feeds primarily on rodents, but will also eat birds, lizards, eggs and other snakes, including venomous species.

This snake is one of the most popular snakes in the reptile pet trade.

Here are some links where you can find out more about this species:

https://snake-facts.weebly.com/california-kingsnake.html

http://www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/assets/uploads/animals/pdf/CaliforniaKingSnake.pdf

I hope this answers your question and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim