How to Care for Your Thayers King Snake
The Thayers king snake is a small, gentle species of king snake found in the Tamaulipan desert areas, in habitat very similar to the limestone rock outcroppings of western Texas and New Mexico favored by L. alterna, the Gray-Banded Kingsnake. Although their home is rocky and dry, they are not a true desert species.
They are – as one of the common name suggests – extremely variable in appearance; there are three main types, the milksnake phase, Leonis phase (sometimes known as the Nuevo Leon Mountain Kingsnake), and black, or melanistic, phase. All three can apparently be found in a single clutch, depending on the variability of the parents.