What Kind of Snake Is This?

We live in Escondido, California. I found this in our backyard last night and am curious as to what type of snake it is.
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September 10, 20170 found this helpful
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I do not feel this is a venomous snake but I'm not sure anyone has correctly identified your snake.

  • Garter snake? Probably not as garter snakes have long stripes down their body and your snake has bands around the body.
  • Gopher snake? Probably not as the markings on a gopher snake are very "busy" (lots of markings).
  • Rat snake? Possibly but I could not find a similar rat snake photo.
  • Since snakes change within hours after death it is possible this is not the best photo to review but from the photo, it looks similar to the CA king snake. King snakes are found all over CA and they are harmless and nonvenomous. There are many colors/types of CA king snake but they are banded.

Here are some photos of black king snakes - please wait a few moments for an individual photo to appear. www.google.com/search?q=black+snakes+of+Escondido...:

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www.google.com/search?q=Escondido,+California+banded...:

If you still feel you would like more information you can contact your local county extension office and they should be able to help you. Here is a link to help you find your county office.
ucanr.edu/.../

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October 27, 20170 found this helpful

That snake's head shape is very unusual, and more similar to vine snakes of the jungle, some of which are poisonous...than to garter snakes....I would be very careful of it, for sure !

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

It could be a gopher snake, which is not dangerous to humans

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you.
I did not feel that it was harmful. It did not coil up or try to strike.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you.
I did not feel that it was harmful. It did not coil up or try to strike.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Looks like a garter snakes, a harmless snake.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you.
I did not feel that it was harmful. It did not coil up or try to strike.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Glad to hear that. Be safe!

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September 9, 20170 found this helpful

It could be a garter snake, rat snake or gopher snake.

View this link to see which types of snakes live in California

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www.californiaherps.com/.../snakespics.html

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May 16, 20180 found this helpful

Rat snake. We had one in our lanai. Despite efforts to get it out of the lanai alive, and identified, it was crushed by furniture that had to be moved. :( When it died its mouth was wide open and there were no fangs. It took a good long while to find a picture, but when I did find a pic, it was identified as a rat snake. I had another one in my Esperanza bush and I left it there to eat the bugs. :) We're in central Florida.

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