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Shovel-nosed Snakes

Not Dangerous to Humans

N octurnal snakes of open sandy deserts and rocky washes. Found mostly at night, often on desert roads.
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Variable Ground Snake

Not Dangerous to Humans

Nocturnal snakes of open sandy deserts and rocky washes. Found mostly at night, often on desert roads.
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California Kingsnake

Not Dangerous to Humans

Very common, large snakes, found night and day in many types of habitat.
Black or brown, and white or cream to yellowish bands.
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California Mountain Kingsnake

Not Dangerous to Humans


Found often near rocks and water in mountains and coastal chaparral.
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Coast Mountain Kingsnake

Not Dangerous to Humans


Found often near rocks and water in mountains and coastal chaparral.
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