Desert Kingsnake

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Species group:

Other common names: Sonoran Kingsnake

Scientific name: Lampropeltis splendida

The basics:
The Desert Kingsnake is a nocturnal kingsnake which is native to the southwestern United States. It is secretive, and spends most of its time hiding beneath logs and debris. It is found in semi-arid habitats, and is common in brushland near a source of water.

Appearance / health:
The Desert Kingsnake has an overall dark black or brown background coloration with white to yellow crossbars.

Eastern Kingsnakes are best housed in medium to large woodland terrariums equipped with several ground-level hiding places like dry leaves and roots, layers of cork, or rock caves. A large water dish helps with the cage humidity and makes the snake feel more comfortable. Daytime temperatures between 84-90 degrees F. during the day, and between 68-75 at night.

Desert Kingsnakes are best kept singly because of their predisposition to eat other snakes.

Desert Kingsnakes feed on various small animals including mice, rats, frogs, lizards, turtles, birds, eggs, and other snakes (including venomous ones).

Desert Kingsnakes lay clutches of 8-10 eggs.

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