California Kingsnake: Lampropeltis getula californiae. A shinny smooth scaled large bodied snake 24-63 inches, with a head just slightly wider then the neck. Dorsal scale rows 23-25; ventrals 213-255; subcaudals 39-65; upper labials 7-8 lower labials 8-11; single anal plate; with 21-48 rings.
Most large adult Cal Kings that I have found average around 3 ½ ft. Very few of them have exceeded 4ft. and the longest I have found was around 50 inches. I have heard of a few longer but have not actually seen them myself. Bryce here is holding a large California Kingsnake he flipped in Sutter Co. she was well over 40 inches.
Bryce Stephenson with a nice 40" plus California Kingsnake
The California Kingsnake is the western most sub species of the Common Kingsnake. They are found in Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado all of Baja California and Northern Mexico. They Inhabit just about every habitat from rocky outcroppings in Pine forest to the harsh arid deserts in Southern Arizona.
Cal Kings are very adaptable to their habitat and their demographics strongly contribute to their behavior. Even though they are the same subspecies, Cal Kings at 1500 ft elevation in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California and Cal Kings in the Mojave Desert have two totally different lives. Every aspect in their specific environment modify their behavior to best suit there survival.