Coast Mountain Kingsnake
|Coast Mountain Kingsnakes are at home in a variety of habitats including mixed oak and riparian woodlands.
|We found this 3+ foot specimen crossing a sheltered creek trail.
|Hard to photograph in such dim light, we were fascinated by the intricate markings on its head.
|Timid and quite harmless, yet we kept our distance remembering the old rhyme:
|"Red and black, friend to Jack. Red and yellow, kill a fellow."
|A Coast Mountain Kingsnake's head has a white band behind its mouth and red mixed with black on nose.
|Although five of us crowded around taking pictures, it didn't once act in an aggressive manner.
|It simply changed direction and slipped off trail into the undergrowth.
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