Species group: Kingsnakes and Milksnakes
Other common names: Sonoran Kingsnake
Scientific name: Lampropeltis splendida
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.
First Time Snake, color variation, easy snake, laid back, older child
super escape artists
Shy, Calm Desert Gems
Desert kingsnakes are less-popular than many of their relatives, perhaps because they are somewhat secretive and remain underground most of the time (no surprise, I guess – they are native to very hot regions of North America!). But they are quite attractive in color and very even tempered – more so, I have found, than many of the more commonly kept kingsnakes. They tend not to like handling, but rarely bite – some feign death, others just resign themselves to our attentions. Most that I've kept have adjusted to handling in time. Their care is straightforward - just as for other kingsnakes, but they prefer to burrow below the substrate when resting. However, I’ve kept many on newspapers with a cave in which to shelter...all did well, with one reaching 23 years of age..
From findiviglio Jan 4 2016 3:54PM