Houdini was stolen from the wild and kept as a pet as a young snake. Unwanted, years later, he was acquired by Turtle Bay in January 2015.
About California Mountain Kingsnakes
Order: Squamata; Family: Colubridae; Species: Lampropeltis zonata multicincta
Range: Southern Washington to northern Baja California.
Habitat: This snake is most often found in moist woodlands in rocky areas, near water, above 1,500 feet in elevation. They spend most of their time underground, under surface objects, or inside rock crevices. Occasionally they are seen active on the ground in the daytime, especially near shaded streams on hot sunny days.
Diet: They are very opportunistic. They will eat other snakes (ophiophagy), lizards, salamanders, rodents, birds, and eggs.
Lifespan: Up to 20 years.