Desert Kingsnake

Desert Kingsnake
Desert Kingsnake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Desert Kingsnake is Lampropeltis Getula Splendida

Description

  • It is commonly known as “Common Kingsnake”.
  • It was formally known as Sonoran Kingsnake.
  • Interbreeding with Speckled Snake happened at Eastern of Texas.
  • Yellow and blank in colour with variation of patterns on the smooth and shiny scales.
  • They are nocturnal animals, meaning that the snake will become active at late evening and night.
  • This animal is secretive, it always hides beneath the logs in wild.
  • They are considered as medium-sized snakes, non-venomous and makes good pet snake.
  • They are immune to venomous snakes.

Distribution

  • Central and South Western of Texas.
  • Desert regions, South Eastern Arizona.
  • Sonora of Mexico

Breeding

  • Early summer.
  • At age of 3 to 4.

Nesting

  • 4 to 20 eggs per clutch between May and August.
  • The eggs hatch after 48 to 80 days.

Size

  • Hatchling: 7 to 10 inches.
  • Adult: 36 to 45 inches.

Life Span

  • 10 to 25 years.

Desert Kingsnake Food and Feeding

  • Main diets are rodents, mice, rats, eggs, lizards, and other snakes.
  • In captivity, suggested 3 to 5 days feeding frequency with small mice or pinkies.

Natural Habitat

  • A habitat generalist.
  • They are normally found at places like marshes, grassland, chaparral, riparian areas, desert, farmland, forest or woodlands.

More information for Pet Lovers

  • The snake is docile and quite calm if regular handling in captivity.
  • Great collection for exotic pet lover collection.

Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Brazilian Rainbow Boa
Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name for Brazilian Rainbow Boa is Epicrates cenchria cenchria

Description

  • One of the beautiful snakes.
  • It is a nocturnal medium size boa. 
  • The snake is marked with dark ring down the back of the body.
  • It has approximately 48 to 52 scales in the middle part of the body.
  • Very iridescent and vivid prismatic rainbow effect is easily noticed under the sunlight.
  • This snake is classified under CITES Appendix II.

Distribution

  • Amazon basin Brazil, Northern part of South America.

Breeding

  • It reaches the sexual maturity ages of 2.5 years old.
  • The eggs incubation period is about 4 to 8 weeks.

Nesting

  • Usually 2 to 35 babies are born per clutch.

Size

  • Hatchling: 15 to 20 inches.
  • Adult: Normally 4 to 5 feet, up to 7 feet possible

Life Span

  • Up to 30 years.

Brazilian Rainbow Boa Food and Feeding

  • Warm blooded vertebrates.
  • Example of the food are pinkies.
  • Feeding is about every 4 to 6 days once
  • Clean water should be provided.

The Boa Habitat and Housing Requirements

  • Tropical rain forest.
  • Grassland.
  • In captivity, humidity should be kept at 70%.
  • Gradient temperature should set at 75°F to 80°F.
  • Setting the basking temperature at 85°F is fine.

Other Information for Snake Enthusiast

  • Brazilian Rainbow Boa is only recommended for advance snake hobbyist as it require precise tropical setting and care.

Kenyan Sand Boa

Kenyan Sand Boa
Kenyan Sand Boa

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Kenyan Sand Boa is Epicrates cenchria cenchria

General Information about Kenyan Sand Boa

  • They are known as East African Sand Boa, Egyptian Sand Boa.
  • Kenyan sand boa is one of the smallest boas on earth.
  • They have noticeable yellowish or orange colour with dark brown splotches.
  • This snake is a nocturnal animal.

Distribution

  • They are found in most East African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

Breeding

  • When it reaches sexual maturity ages of 3 years old.
  • The snakes give birth to live young after 4 months of breeding.

Nesting

  • 6 to 20 babies per clutch.

Boa Size

  • Hatchling: 15 to 20 inches.
  • Adult male: Up 15 to 18 inches.
  • Adult female: Up to 30 inches possible.

Life Span

  • They live up to 16 years or more.

Kenyan Sand Boa Food and Feeding

  • African sand boa eat very little.
  • Young boa should be fed every 5 to 7 days in captivity.
  • Adult boa eating schedule is 1 to 2 weeks once.
  • Hatchlings eat insects and small pinky mice.
  • Adult snakes’ food are lizards and rodents.
  • Avoid keeping rodent with the snake overnight.
  • A bowl of fresh water should be provided for the snake.

Boa Habitat and Vivarium Housing

  • In captivity, temperature should be around 82°F.
  • Keep the basking spot around 89°F.

Honduran Milk Snake

Honduran Milk Snake
Honduran Milk Snake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Honduran Milk Snake is Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis

Description

  • One of the beautiful non-venomous snakes.
  • In wild, honduran milk snake is in three colours; with wide orange/red, narrow black and yellowish band.
  • There is bi-colour Honduran Milk Snake in today’s pet market, which is called “tangerine phase”.
  • They are nocturnal animals.

Distribution

  • The snakes are found in Central and South America.

Breeding

  • Sex maturity at age 3.
  • Incubation period of the eggs period is about 10 weeks.

Nesting

  • Up to 24 oviparous and elliptical eggs.

Size

  • Honduran Milk Snake is one of the largest milk snakes.
  • Adult snake may grow up to approximately 5 feet.
  • Rarely up to 5 to 6 feet range.
  • The weight of the snake can be as heavy as 1.25kg depending on the length of the snake.
  • Young live: It’s about 4 inches long.

Life Span

  • Up to 20 years.

Honduran Milk Snake Food and Feeding

  • By nature, they are aggressive carnivores.
  • It eats wide variety of prey, including mice, rodents, birds, snakes, lizards, frogs and others.
  • In captivity, adult snake eats a mice once in one or two weeks.

Snake Habitat and Vivarium Housing

  • The habitat ranging from river valley, hillside, field and agriculture area.
  • Temperature from 82°F to 88°F.
  • Humidity from 65% to 75%.

Pueblan Milk Snake

Pueblan Milk Snake
Pueblan Milk Snake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Pueblan Milk Snake is Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli. 

Description

  • This snake is also known as Campbell’s Milk Snake.
  • It is a tri-banded with bright colour in black, red, and yellowish or creamy bands, making it one of the most beautiful animal.
  • Suitable begineer snake enthusiasts.
  • This is a nocturnal animal.

Distribution

  • They live in Central Mexico.
  • They are found from Southern Puebla to eastern Morelos, Mexico.
  • Northern Oaxaca of Mexico.

Breeding

  • Appropriate breeding age at 2.

Nesting

  • 3 clutches per season.
  • 5 to 15 per clutch.
  • Incubation period is about 2 months.

Size

  • The snakes can grow up to 3 feet in length.

Life Span

  • 15 to 20 years.

Pueblan Milk Snake Food and Feeding

  • A tiny pinky for hatchling in the frequency of 5 to 7 days.
  • 2 pinkies for adult snake.
  • Be aware of the food size; cannot be one and half width size of the snake body.
  • A large bowl of water is required for soaking and drinking.

The Snake's Habitat and Housing

  • The snake live is dry and arid high deserts area.
  • It requires a small tank or vivarium, which approximately 20 gallon, as it is quite timid, shy and curl up most of the time.
  • 2 to 3 hiding places is a must.
  • Keep the tank dry and warm most of the time.
  • Climbing accessories are recommended, they like to climb in the nature.
  • They are great climber, hence escape-proof screen lid is needed.
  • Newspaper and towel can be used as substrate.
  • Temperature gradient need to set from 78°F to 84°F.
  • 50% humidity is required.

Sinaloan Milk Snake

Sinaloan Milk Snake
Sinaloan Milk Snake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Sinoloan Milk Snake is Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae

General Information about Sinoloan Milk Snake

  • Unique and beautiful animal which is scarce and hard to find.
  • Nocturnal animal and active during night time.
  • The snake is easily tamed.
  • They are non-venomous, docile snakes. 
  • Captive bred snakes rarely bite and they can be a good pet choice for beginner. 

Distribution

  • North Eastern of Mexico, from Sonora to Sinaloa and south western part of Chihuahua.

Breeding

  • Mature and start breeding from age of 2.

Nesting

  • They lay 3 to 25 eggs per clutch.
  • The incubation period of the eggs is 60 to 75 days.

Size

  • The size of an adult snake: Up to 50 inches.

Life Span

  • Average 10 to 15 years.
  • Up to 21 years.

Sinaloan Milk Snake Food and Feeding

  • In captivity, hatchling take the small pinkies once a week to 10 days.
  • Adult snake eat larger mice at the same frequency.

Habitat

  • Natural habitat is in coastal and scrubland.
  • Trees with rough branches.
  • The snakes are Ophiophagus, it means that they can be eating each other.
  • Hence, house these snakes separately in different vivariums.
  • 29 gallon enclosure with bedding and climbing accessories per snake is recommended.
  • Vivarium temperature need to be set at approximately 85°F.
  • If vivarium size is big enough for setting an appropriate temperature gradient; the gradient of 76 °F to 85°F is recommended.
  • Comparable large water dish need to be provided as this snake need to soak in the water.
  • 50% humidity is good.

Eastern Milk Snake

Eastern Milk Snake
Eastern Milk Snake

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Eastern Milk Snake is Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum. 

Description

  • It has light grey and yellowish that marked with red-brownish to grey and black colours of irregular large blotches along its back.
  • They are mid size, relatively slender non-venomous snakes. 
  • The scales are smooth.
  • It’s a nocturnal animal.

Distribution

  • They live in North eastern of United States.

Breeding

  • The snakes mature and breed at age of 2.
  • Incubation period of the eggs is about 60 to 75 days.

Nesting

  • There are 6 to 20 eggs per clutch.

Size

  • Hatchling size: 6 to 11 inches.
  • Adult snake: 28 to 40 inches on average.
  • Maximum size is 5 feet.

Life Span

  • Up to 20 years.

Eastern Milk Snake Food and Feeding

  • In nature, this animal eats lizards, rodents, birds.
  • They eat snakes, including venomous snakes.
  • In captivity, pinkies are recommended.
  • Clean water should be provided.
  • The snake should be fed once a week.

Habitat and Vivarium Housing

  • The natural habitat of the Eastern Milk Snake is in tropical rainforest.
  • They are found in the woodland, river bottoms, farmland, meadows, rocky hillsides, prairies and terrestrial area.
  • In captivity, the appropriate cage is about 20 gallon vivarium with escape-proof screen lid and hiding places.
  • Vivarium temperature is recommended to have gradient of 76°F to 88°F.