Californian King Snake

California King Snakes are found in western USA and northern Mexico in a variety of habitats. They can be found in forests, deserts, grasslands, mountains, fields, coastal and suburban areas, and many other habitats as long as there is sufficient prey and shelter.

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The name King Snake comes from the ability to eat other snakes including Rattlesnakes. California King snakes are naturally impervious to the venom of rattlesnakes but are not totally immune. They feed on rattlesnakes regularly. As well as snakes they will also eat rodents, birds and amphibians. In captivity they will readily accept frozen rodents.

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Scientific Name: Lampropeltis getula californiae

Natural Habitat: North America

Lifespan: Up to 20 years in captivity

Adult Size: 120-180cm or 4-6 feet

Temperament: Docile, easy to tame

Housing: 120cm (4′) vivarium.

Temperature range: Day 25-30°C (77°F to 86°F) -Night 20-25°C ( 68°F to 77°F)

Lighting: UV light is recommended although not considered essential -12 hour light cycle

Ferguson Zone: Zone 2

Feeding: Defrosted mouse once weekly – pinkie to adult mice as the snake grows

Substrate: Beech chips/Hemp bedding/Lignocel

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