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Kingsnake has a deadly copperhead for lunch

Speckled kingsnake swallowing a poisonous copperhead. Photo by Sheran Clark, Livermore, CA
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Earlier this year, I was visiting my family in DeSoto, Missouri. One afternoon, my grandson came into the house to tell us that there was a snake under the porch in the back of the house. He said he heard a rustling in the leaves, and when he checked, he saw a large snake.

By the time we all gathered around to see the snake we saw that the snake, a speckled kingsnake, had captured a copperhead by the neck and was beginning to strangle it.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
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Kingsnakes are nice to have around your yard.

California kingsnake. Photo by Renato, Walnut Creek, CA
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I saw this snake at the top of my driveway. I live at the end of a street and was a little concerned since I know nothing of snakes. Should I be worried as I have outside pets? By the way, I just took pictures and didn’t bother the snake.
Renato, Walnut Creek, California

This is a BEAUTIFUL California kingsnake. Harmless to us humans and it won’t be bothering your outside pets. It’s good to have nonpoisonous snakes like this in your yard. Kingsnakes eat small rodents and are cannibalistic on other reptiles, eating lizards and other snakes … including rattlesnakes. (They are immune to rattlesnake poison.) You’re luck to have this nice snake around. /Gary

California kingsnake. Photo by Renato, Walnut Creek, CA
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Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011
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King snake makes hole-in-one! Eat your heart out, Tiger!

King snake making a hole-in-one. Photo by Steve Evangelou, Walnut Creek, CA.
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I just got this photo from Steve Evangelou of Walnut Creek, California. This is a king snake he photographed making a hole-in-one on the putting green in his backyard. Looks like there won’t be any gophers tossing balls back out of this hole. /Gary

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010
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Do you recognize these snakes? You should!


The following snakes are four common local species that are regularly encountered in the San Francisco Bay Area. One is poisonous and the other three are harmless. (In case you haven’t already figured it out, the snake pictured above is a rattlesnake.)

Check these snakes out so you know which is which if you happen to encounter one in your backyard.
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Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
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