Lampropeltis getula nitida

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Lampropeltis getula nitida
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Lampropeltis
Species: L. getula
Subspecies: L. g. nitida
Trinomial name
Lampropeltis getula nitida

Lampropeltis getula nitida, or the Baja cape kingsnake, is a subspecies of the common kingsnake, originating from Baja California, in Mexico.

They are a short, stocky snake, averaging at lower than five feet in length. They are chocolate-brown to black, with either a broken or unbroken stripe running the length of their body.

This subspecies is considered by some[who?] to be a hypermelanistic morph of the California kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae).