Where is the Thayers King Snake from?
The Thayeri kingsnake is originally found in Tamaulipas, Mexico. The Thayers King Snake is usually not aggressive and has a fairly reclusive nature so makes a good to keep as a pet.
Thayers King Snake Diet
Wild Thayers king snake eat lizards, rodents, and other snakes. In captivity some do prefer a diet including lizards, but will eat rodents if it has been is scented using shed lizard skin.
The king snake should be fed one defrosted mouse every 1-2 weeks. It’s important to not feed your snake a mouse that is larger than the largest part of the snake. Thayers king snakes can eat mice their entire lives by starting them with pinkies as a hatchling and moving up in size as the animal grows.
How should I keep my snake?
The Thayers Kingsnake is a fairly small snake so is able to be kept in a wooden vivarium of 90 to 120cm/3 to 4 feet long. These snakes live happily as long as they have plenty of hides to shelter them due to their reclusive nature.
A wooden vivarium with a glass front would be ideal as it conserves heat better.
A temperature gradient can be provided to your Thayers King snake using a heat mat attached to the wall of the vivarium providing gentle heat, combined with a small heat bulb that can replicate the daytime temperature peak the snake would encounter in the wild.
The ideal temperature for the warm area in your Thayers King Snake’s vivarium is around 27-31°C (81-91°F). The cool end can be up to 10º cooler for use in the evening.