Grey Banded Kingsnake

Scientific Name:

  • Lampropeltis alterna

Description:

  • Non-venomous and calm snake
  • Colourful; alternating colour bands with grey band in between
  • Nocturnal animal

Distribution:

  • Trans-Pecos-Chihuahuan desert
  • Western Texas and Northern Mexico

Breeding:

  • In wild, breed after hybernation

Nesting:

  • About 30 days after breeding
  • 4 to 14 eggs per clutch
  • 55 to 60 days of incubation

Size:

  • Hatchling about 8 to 12 inches long
  • Adult size is about 20 to 48 inches long

Life Span:

  • 20 to 25 years

Diet:

  • Not easy to feed, specially hatchling
  • Born pinkies should be fine to be fed on hatchlings
  • In wild, food resources are rodents, lizards, frogs, eggs and other snakes
  • In captivity, pinkies and lizards are recommended
  • 4 to 7 days feeding frequecy
  • Small clean fresh water need to be provided

Snake Habitat and Vivarium Housing:

  • Semi-humid climates area
  • Inhabits rocky area, canyon, desert flats and cliffs, mountainous area
  • Hiding box should be provided in captivity

Common Disease:

  • Respiratory problems may be resulted in high humidity.
  • Humidity should be kept low all time.

More Snake information:

  • The calm characteristic, colourful, and small size make them popular in exotic pet community.