A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Photo Index of California Snakes
These are pictures of every kind of native snake in California along with a few well-established non-native species.

Click on a name link to go to the main page for more pictures and information about a particular snake and its habitat.

More Lists and Information Abouit California Snakes

  © Jared Heald    
snake Northern Rubber Boa snake Southern Rubber Boa
Northern Rubber Boa
Charina bottae

Southern Rubber Boa
Charina umbratica
snake Rosy Boa Rosy Boa Rosy Boa
© Brad Alexander
Rosy Boa
Lichanura orcutti
snake Desert Glossy Snake
Desert Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans eburnata
California Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans occidentalis
Mohave Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans candida
© Dick Bartlett © William Flaxington    
snake Baja Rat Snake snake
Baja California Ratsnake
Bogertophis rosaliae
Mohave Shovel-nosed Snake
Chionactis occipitalis
Colorado Desert Shovel-nosed Snake western yellow-bellied racer western yellow-bellied racer
Colorado Desert Shovel-nosed Snake
Chionactis annulata annulata
Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Coluber constrictor mormon
snake San Joaquin Coachwhip
Red Phase © Chad Lane
Red Racer (Red Coachwhip)
Coluber flagellum piceus
San Joaquin Coachwhip
Coluber flagellum ruddocki
© Dick Bartlett      
snake snake snake snake
Baja California Coachwhip
Coluber fuliginosus
California Striped Racer
Coluber lateralis lateralis
Alameda Striped Racer
Coluber lateralis euryxanthus
© Zachary Lim      
Forest Sharp-tailed Snake Forest Sharp-tailed Snake snake Common Sharp-tailed Snake
Forest Sharp-tailed Snake
Contia longicauda
Common Sharp-tailed Snake
Contia tenuis
© Adam Clause      
Desert Striped Whipsnake snake snake snake
Desert Striped Whipsnake
Coluber taeniatus taeniatus
Pacific Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus amabilis
San Bernardino Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus modestus

Northwestern Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus occidentalis
snake snake snake snake
Coral-bellied Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus pulchellus
Regal Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus regalis
San Diego Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus similis
Monterey Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus vandenburgii
  © Jason Jones    
snake snake
snake California Nightsnake
Desert Nightsnake
Hypsiglena chlorophaea deserticola
San Diego Nightsnake
Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha klauberi
California Nightsnake
Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha (torquata) nuchalata
snake snake snake Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake
California Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata
Coast Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis multifasciata
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake
Phyllorhynchus decurtatus
snake snake snake snake
California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis californiae
snake snake snake snake
Sonoran Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer affinis
San Diego Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer annectens
Pacific Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Great Basin Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer deserticola
snake Long-nosed Snake Long-nosed Snake snake
Santa Cruz Island Gophersnake
Pituophis catenifer pumilus
Long-nosed Snake - Rhinocheilus lecontei
    © Zachary Lim  
snake snake Mohave Patch-nosed Snake snake
Desert Patch-nosed Snake
Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis
Mohave Patch-nosed Snake
Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis
Coast Patch-nosed Snake
Salvadora hexalepis virgultea
snake Smith's Black-headed Snake snake Western Black-headed Snake
Smith's Black-headed Snake
Tantilla hobartsmithi
Western Black-headed Snake
Tantilla planiceps
snake snake Variable Groundsnake ground snake
Variable Groundsnake - Sonora semiannulata semiannulata
snake snake Oregon Gartersnake snake
Santa Cruz Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus atratus
Oregon Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus
Sierra Gartersnake
Thamnophis couchii
snake Diablo Range Gartersnake Mountain Gartersnake Mountain Gartersnake
Diablo Range Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus
Mountain Gartersnake
Thamnophis elegans elegans
  © Jared Heald    
Coast Gartersnake Coast Gartersnake
Coast Gartersnake Coast Gartersnake
Coast Gartersnake - Thamnophis elegans terrestris
snake Wandering Gartersnake
  © Ken Griffiths  
Wandering Gartersnake - Thamnophis elegans vagrans Marcy's Checkered Gartersnake
Thamnophis marcianus marcianus
snake Giant Gartersnake snake Two-striped Gartersnake
Giant Gartersnake
Thamnophis gigas
Two-striped Gartersnake
Thamnophis hammondii
Northwestern Gartersnake Northwestern Gartersnake Northwestern Gartersnake
Northwestern Gartersnake
Northwestern Gartersnake - Thamnophis ordinoides
snake snake California Red-sided Gartersnake
Valley Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi
California Red-sided Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis
snake San Francisco Gartersnake Sonoran Lyresnake Sonoran Lyresnake
San Francisco Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia
Sonoran Lyresnake
Trimorphodon lambda
snake California Lyresnake Yellow-bellied seasnake
California Lyresnake
Trimorphodon lyrophanes
Yellow-bellied Seasnake
Hydrophis platurus
snake snake snake Desert Threadsnake
Southwestern Threadsnake
Rena humilis humilis
Desert Threadsnake
Rena humilis cahuilae
snake Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
snake snake
  © William Flaxington    
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
Crotalus atrox
Mohave Desert Sidewinder
Crotalus cerastes cerastes
Colorado Desert Sidewinder
Crotalus cerastes laterorepens
snake Speckled Rattlesnake Speckled Rattlesnake Speckled Rattlesnake
    2005 Ken Pitts © Bruce Edley
Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake - Crotalus pyrrhus
southern pacific rattlesnaked southern pacific rattlesnake
snake great basin rattlesnake
  © Patrick Briggs   © David Tobler
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus helleri
Great Basin Rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus lutosus
snake northern pacific rattlesnake northern pacific rattlesnake
northern pacific rattlesnake
    © Chad Lane © Connor Long
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus oreganus
snake Red Diamond Rattlesnake
snake Northern Mohave Rattlesnake
  © 2005 Jeremiah Easter   © Ben Smith
Red Diamond Rattlesnake
Crotalus ruber
Northern Mohave Rattlesnake
Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus
snake Panamint Rattlesnake Panamint Rattlesnake
    © Joel Lingenfelter © Adam G. Clause
Panamint Rattlesnake - Crotalus stephensi

Non-Native Snake Species Established in California

snake snake Northern Watersnake
Northern Watersnake
Florida Watersnake
Nerodia fasciata pictiventris
Common Watersnake
Nerodia sipedon
snake Brahminy Blindsnake Brahminy Blindsnake  
Brahminy Blindsnake - Indotyphlops braminus

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