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Coast Mountain Kingsnake
Coast Mountain Kingsnakes are at home in a variety of habitats including mixed oak and riparian woodlands.
We found this 3+ foot specimen crossing a sheltered creek trail.
Hard to photograph in such dim light, we were fascinated by the intricate markings on its head.
Timid and quite harmless, yet we kept our distance remembering the old rhyme:
"Red and black, friend to Jack. Red and yellow, kill a fellow."
A Coast Mountain Kingsnake's head has a white band behind its mouth and red mixed with black on nose.
Although five of us crowded around taking pictures, it didn't once act in an aggressive manner. 
It simply changed direction and slipped off trail into the undergrowth.
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