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Lampropeltis californiae

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Lampropeltis californiae

Summary

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  • 13 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Lampropeltis californiae
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Chordata
  •       Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •         Class: Reptilia
  • Summary of Invasiveness
  • L. californiae, the California kingsnake, is a snake native to southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico. It has been reported as invasive on the island of Gran Canaria, off the western coast of North Africa. Se...

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California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae); pale morph, found on Grand Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.
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California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae); pale morph, found on Grand Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.
AdultCalifornia Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae); pale morph, found on Grand Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.©Ramón Gallo Barneto - All Rights Reserved

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Lampropeltis californiae (Blainville, 1835)

Summary of Invasiveness

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L. californiae, the California kingsnake, is a snake native to southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico. It has been reported as invasive on the island of Gran Canaria, off the western coast of North Africa. See http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/l.californiae.html for more information on L. californiae.

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Chordata
  •             Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •                 Class: Reptilia
  •                     Order: Serpentes
  •                         Family: Colubridae
  •                             Genus: Lampropeltis
  •                                 Species: Lampropeltis californiae

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

Africa

Spain
-Canary IslandsPresentIntroducedLife Lampropeltis, 2012Gran Canaria

North America

MexicoPresentNativeCalifornia Herps, 2014Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur and the extreme northwest of Sonora
USAPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-ArizonaPresentNativeCalifornia Herps, 2014
-CaliforniaPresentNativeCalifornia Herps, 2014
-ColoradoPresentNativeCalifornia Herps, 2014Extreme southwest
-NevadaPresentNativeCalifornia Herps, 2014Southern
-OregonPresentNativeCalifornia Herps, 2014Southwest
-UtahPresentNativeCalifornia Herps, 2014Southern

Europe

SpainPresentPresent based on regional distribution.

References

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California Herps, 2014. California Kingsnake. California Herps (online). http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/l.californiae.html

Life Lampropeltis, 2012. Control of the invasive species California kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae) on the island of Gran Canaria. (Control de la especie invasora la culebra real de California (Lampropeltis getula californiae) en la isla de Gran Canaria.) Life Lampropeltis (online).

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