Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

California Kingsnake

This is a both a completely horrible photo, and an example of why I love the camera RAW format. I did not check my exposure settings before taking pictures of this guy, and ended up with a card of pure-black trash. This is not an ideal photo of course, but I was able to salvage this from seemingly nothing. Fancy stuff.

Anyway, this is a California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae) from North of Wickenberg. I’ve never seen one out in the daylight hours before, and this one was big, fat, and quite aggressive.

California kingsnake

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