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Common Snakes of California

California is the most populous state in the union, having nearly 50 million people in it. it is also the state with the largest array of snakes in the country. While the exact number is not known, there are at least 35 different species of the reptile in the state, and they can be found anywhere within the state’s borders.



With such a large number of species of snakes, it impossible to cover them all. However, here are some of the more commonly found ones in the state.

Garter Snake – this is the likely the most populous of the snakes in the great state of California. They are harmless to human beings and are found anywhere within the state. The garter snake usually has two or three stripes that are around the snake. They are usually light in color. The head is quite large on this reptile in comparison to the rest of the size of the body.

Western Racer – this snake is also found throughout the state. They are usually gray, green, or brown in color, with the younger snakes being a much lighter color than their parents. This is a reptile that loves to be out in the daytime so it is not uncommon to see them, especially if you are in a rural area. This is a very quick animal, so if you blink you may miss it.

Coachwhip – this snake is known as the racer snake, and it can appear in many different colors as well as having unusual shapes. This snake usually has a much lighter body color than it does in the head region. The body can have such colors as orange, brown, yellow, and tan, and there can be many bands along the length of the snake that are darker colored. You will easily blend in with the foliage, making them difficult to see in the daytime.

Gopher Snake – This is a kind of snake that many find in their backyard, especially if it has been some time since they mowed their lawn. They love to hunt in the yard and gardens of people’s property. They, also, come in many different colors and patterns, and can grow to be as big as seven-feet in length.

California Kingsnake – many people confuse this snake with the coral snake, which is quite venomous. However, this snake is not dangerous at all. It has a similar appearance but a completely different set of properties that make it quite harmless. It will strike if cornered, but does not have any poison or venom that can injure a human being. This snake is most often found along the beaches near the Pacific Ocean and is most commonly found in the Sacramento Valley. Read more: Snake Control, Venomous Snakes of Florida, How to Identify Snakes, How to Kill Snakes.


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