PICTURE: King Snake in Crystyl Ranch

June 1, 2014 12:00 pm · 18 comments


If there is one thing that we’re seeing a lot more of this year (last year it was turkeys), it’s snakes.

This king snake was spotted in the Crystyl Ranch area of Concord, and really poses no threat to humans (as long as you don’t mess with it). This type of snake actually kills rattle snakes, so if you see a king snake, don’t hurt it.

Thanks to Shasta Daisy for the picture!

nomorefreeride June 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Completely harmless and one of the most docile snakes out there.

Enfield303 June 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Great pic Shasta Daisy. It truly is a good looking critter, and one of the most beneficial.

old concord June 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

love it , keep the rattlers away

Silva June 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Oh Shasta Daisey, so beautiful!! And it not only kills rattlers (sniffle), it eats them for breakfast!!!

Lake June 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

This snake also kills rats and mice

Me June 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

He’s handsome!

oldman June 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

How is it good when a king snake kills a rattler but ok when we do?

Bubbles June 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Keep him around!! Maybe invite him over to my backyard!! We have a lot of open space behind us and get a lot of rodents etc coming for our pool water.

Cowellian June 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Shasta has a higher tolerance for snakes than I do.

Gary Bogus June 1, 2014 at 3:24 PM

This species is actually transparent and feeds almost exclusively on Oreo cookies.

@oldman June 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

They kill them for sustenance, whereas you may kill them out of fear, malice, ignorance. Rattlesnakes are an important member of the food chain as they provide food for other wildlife and take care of the rodent population. We would all appreciate if you stayed away from rattlesnakes, or any wildlife for that matter.

smc626 June 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I’ve seen a few of them up at Shell Ridge in W.C. Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing the picture!

Shasta Daisy June 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Happy to share this photo with everyone.
Even more beautiful in person.

Western bluebird update.
3 out of 5 eggs hatched about a week ago.
Parents are busy feeding their babies.

Hooded orioles are back again this year.
Between the hummingbirds and orioles, I’m filling the feeders daily.

Mr. and Mrs. Quail have nested again under my rosemary bush.
Saw the family and their young running around my backyard this evening.

Two cotton tails are eating my lawn, what there is of it, during this drought.

Lots to be happy about.

Walnut Creek Resident June 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

That is a beautiful creature.

Corny-Anon June 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

What?? I can’t believe that NOBODY has said that is a Corn Snake!!! Usually found near an Olive Garden..LOL

Shelly June 1, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Shasta Daisey, how delightful!

jtkatec June 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Is it possible to buy king snakes? I thought I might toss a couple on my property.

#15 nailed it.

RunDogRun June 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I’m seeing even more lizards
this year than last, which
is very unusual for my area
of Claycord.

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