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Coming across one of the locals while rappeling down the slab of the Grack.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Jun 14, 2010

Is that a friendly color combination? Don't know yer' local snakes that well.

By jblackattack
From: las vegas, nv
Jun 23, 2010

Not 100% sure but I believe it's a king snake which are non venomous. The red on the head was a little troubling although, as I did not know king snakes to have the red stripe

By Jon Hanlon
From: SLO
Jun 23, 2010

California Mountain Kingsnake

www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/l.zonata.html

Edit:
an interesting note:

Nonvenomous
Considered harmless to humans. (There are no venomous snakes in California that can be mistaken for this snake, but the similar-looking Arizona Coral Snake, found in Arizona, is venomous and dangerous.)

By Barrett Stetson
Nov 9, 2010

I believe the saying goes: "Red touch yellow, a poison fellow. Red touch black, a poison lack." At least to differentiate a poison coral snake from a harmless king snake.

By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Nov 9, 2010

There is regional variety in the King snake sub-species and close relatives... But the rule that yellow and red are bounded by black works on all of them. Here in Colorado we have one with a lot of red:

Jason Haas and I found this tiny Milk Snake/King Snake out to me on the way down from Tiny Tower in the Flatirons of Boulder, CO. He is coiled to strike but is not much of a threat, being the size of a pencil!
Jason Haas and I found this tiny Milk Snake/King Snake out to me on the way down from Tiny Tower in the Flatirons of Boulder, CO. He is coiled to strike but is not much of a threat, being the size of a pencil!

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Coming across one of the locals while rappeling down the slab of the Grack.

Submitted By: jblackattack on Jun 14, 2010
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The Grack - Center (5.6 4c 14 V S 4b )