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Peach Orange Thayers King Snake – Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri


Thayers king Snakes are also know as Nuevo Leon King Snakes and Variable King Snakes.

They originate from Mexico and grow to to between 90-120cm (3-4ft). They calm and easy to handle making them suitable for a first snake keeper.

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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 want a diet including lizards, but will eat rodents if it has been is scented using shed lizard or snake 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 other method can be to use a ceramic heating element, in order to use this heating method, it must be connected via a thermostat.

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.


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