California Kingsnake

Scientific Name:

  • Lampropeltis getulus californiae

Description:

  • Variety in colours but the most commonly found kingsnakes are in black and white stripes
  • Black eyes
  • Normally shed 4 to 6 times annually. The humid environment may greatly help the kingsnake in shedding.
  • Handling of snake during the shedding should be avoided or reduced as much as possible to minimize the chances of hurting the snake as the skin is still weak.
  • The snakes are nocturnal animals
  • This snake is commonly adopted as pet

Distribution:

  • East coast of North America from Ohio to Florida

Breeding:

  • In the wild, mating take place within March to June
  • Eggs laid from May to August

Nesting:

  • Around 15 eggs per clutch
  • Eggs hatch 6 to 10 weeks later

Size:

  • Adult may reach 5 feet long.
  • Baby kingsnake is about 8 to 12 inches long.

Life Span:

  • 15 to 20 years

Diet:

  • It’s named kingsnake as it eats snakes, even venamous snakes.
  • Other food are rodent, mouse, rat, frog or lizard.
  • Hatcling should be fed with newly born mice with frequency of 5 to 7 days
  • A small dish of water should be provided

Habitat:

  • Originally from desert
  • Living in different habitat such as woodland, chaparral farmland, grassland, deciduous, forest, or river bank.

Common Disease:

  • Respiratory problems may result due to improper control of humidity (Too humid)