California Kingsnake

California Kingsnake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of this snake is Lampropeltis getulus californiae. 

Description

  • They vary in colours but the most commonly found colours are in black and white stripes.
  • They have black eyes.
  • They snakes 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 minimise the chances of hurting the snake while the skin is vulnerable.
  • The snakes are nocturnal animals.
  • This snakes non-venomous species and 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

  • Thera are around 15 eggs per clutch.
  • Eggs hatch 6 to 10 weeks later.

Size

  • Adult may reach 5 feet long.
  • The baby kingsnakes are about 8 to 12 inches long.
  • This snake is considered as mid size snake. 

Life Span

  • The California Kingsnake may live up to 15 to 20 years.

California Kingsnake Food and Feeding

  • It is named kingsnake as it eats snakes, including venomous snakes.
  • Other food are rodent, mouse, rat, frog or lizard.
  • Hatchling should be fed with newly born mice at the frequency of 5 to 7 days.
  • A small dish of water should be provided.

Habitat

  • They originate 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, especially the habitat is highly humid.