Species information


California Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula californiae

Lampropeltis getula californiae - California Kingsnake


Common name

California Kingsnake

Scientific name

Lampropeltis getula californiae




The base colour of the californian kingsnake is brown or black. This is patterned with white, cream or yellow and takes the form of bands, stripes or sometimes a mixture of the two.



Baja Mexico, California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona.


Adult size

3-4 ft.


Approx lifespan

Up to 20 years.


REcomended vivarium size

A 30x15x15in vivarium will be sufficient for a single adult specimen.


Basic set up type

Arid/Desert. Provide two hides, one in the cool end and one in the warm end. For substrate you can use tissue paper, newspaper, sand or wood chips (avoid pine/cedar). If you use sand/wood chips make sure you feed outside of the vivarium to avoid the snake ingesting substrate.



The best diet for the Californian Kingsnake is one made up of rodents


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