Lampropeltis catalinensis

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Scientific name Lampropeltis catalinensis (VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN, 1921)
English name Santa Catalina Kingsnake
Herkomst Endemic on Isla Santa Catalina, Gulf of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

This island is about 40 square kilometres (length ca. 13 kilometres and width ca. 4 kilometres).  It is uninhabited by people. It is located about 25 km off the coast of Baja California Sur.

Habitat Unknown, but the island consists of sandy, dry area with rocks, cacti and other plants that thrive in dry areas.
Details This species is only known from one specimen that was found in the inside of a cactus in 1921. It was an adult male.

There is doubt whether this is really a separate species or a variety of Lampropeltis splendida (former L. getula splendida).

As far as is known, no second specimen has yet been found, although many have been searching for it.


Grismer, L.L. 2002. Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortés. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.


In addition to this one snake, a shed skin is found that possibly is from a specimen of the same species. This shed skin was found in the neighbourhood a small spring.

This (terrestrial) species most probably lives a cryptic and nocturnal life, and therefore not easily studied.

It goes without saying that no reproduction data etc. are known. The one snake that was found was 984 mm long.

 

There are two other species that live on this island: Crotalus catalinensis and Aspidoscelis catalinensis.

 

On the island, there are also feral domestic cats and they could be a threat to this species.

 

Even though this species is totally uninteresting for the terrarium hobby, I did not want to leave it unmentioned.