- The scientific name of this snake is Lampropeltis getulus californiae.
- 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.
- East coast of North America from Ohio to Florida.
- In the wild, mating take place within March to June.
- Eggs laid from May to August.
- Thera are around 15 eggs per clutch.
- Eggs hatch 6 to 10 weeks later.
- Adult may reach 5 feet long.
- The baby kingsnakes are about 8 to 12 inches long.
- This snake is considered as mid size snake.
- 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.
- They originate from desert.
- Living in different habitat such as woodland, chaparral farmland, grassland, deciduous, forest, or river bank.
- Respiratory problems may result due to improper control of humidity, especially the habitat is highly humid.