There’s something very unsettling about animals climbing walls. I’m not talking about monkeys on easy to climb walls or mountain goats on steep rock cliffs, I’m talking bugs, lizards, and other things just casually climbing a near flat wall. It’s spooky, especially when you don’t expect it.
With this video, I’d say I’m both unsettled and impressed. I don’t live in an area with a lot of snakes, so I don’t have to worry too much about a snake appearing suddenly on the wall next to me, but you can bet I’ll be on guard the next time I’m next to a brick wall in Arizona.
Fortunately, the Sonoran Mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana) isn’t harmful to humans, so if you see one of these guys scaling a wall you can watch in awe rather than scream in terror. That being said, if you see a snake remarkably similar to this guy, but the red bands actually touch the white/yellow bands, it might be a coral snake, which could do some harm (the kingsnake band pattern is red, black, white, black, red, black, white, etc., while the coral snake tends to be white, red, white, black, white, red, white, etc.).
If it runs into itself, game over.
This Sonoran Mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana) shows off its climbing (and #snake game) skills on the walls of the visitor center Coronado National Memorial in Arizona. Slow down! 🐍 pic.twitter.com/En4oOpWMUG
— National Park Service (@NatlParkService) October 3, 2022
Image Credit: National Park Service on Twitter