|Scientific name||Lampropeltis multifasciata|
|English name||Coast Mountain Kingsnake|
|Distribution||The pink spots with dots indicate the distribution area of L. zonata.
The blue spots with triangles indicate the range of L. multifasciata.
|Habitat||Mixed forests (oak/pine), coniferous forests, riparian forests, dense shrubs with thorny bushes, sage shrub along the coast, wooded coastal strips with rock formations, rocky slopes.|
|Details||Til 2013, this species was considered as a subspecies of Lampropeltis zonata (L. zonata multifasciata). In 2013, this snake got the species status after the research you find below.
MYERS, E. A.; J. A. RODRÍGUEZ-ROBLES, D. F. DENARDO, R. E. STAUB, A. STROPOLI, S. RUANE and F. T. BURBRINK 2013. Multilocus phylogeographic assessment of the California Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata) suggests alternative patterns of diversification for the California Floristic Province. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/mec.12478
The adult length is between 51 and 90 cm, with outliers up to 135 cm. The length of newborn specimen is between 18 and 28 cm.
This species lives a fairly hidden life, but is, in suitable habitats, absolutely not rare. They are occasionally found above the ground during the day but mainly hides under stumps or other things under which they can hide then.
Rock crevices are also a regularly used hiding place. If they are active during the day, this is usually in shady spots. They are also active at high altitudes (typical habitat for this species) during the day when night temperatures are low.
The height of the ambient temperature determines whether they are active at dusk, evening, night or day. Their activity is largest at ambient temperatures between 13 and 29 degrees C.
Brumation usually starts in November and ends in February, March or April. This depends on the location and the weather conditions.
A few weeks after the end of the brumation, the copulations take place. The eggs are laid in June/July and hatch after 50 and 65 days.
In the wild, the food consists of, among others, small mammals, nestlings, bird eggs, lizards, amphibians and occasionally snakes (also specimen of their own kind (cannibalism).
In the terrarium, they do fine on a diet of mice. Newborn specimen often have problems with mice, but when they are scented with the odour of a lizard it usually works.
If they really don’t want to take anything, then brumate the snakes for a few months at about 13 degrees C. and then try mice that smell like lizard. That almost always works.