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Florida Kingsnake

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Species group:

Scientific name: Lampropeltis getula

The basics:
The Florida Kingsnake is found only in Florida, from southern Florida (north of the Keys) to central Florida. Their natural habitats include everglades, swamps, hammocks, prairies, farmlands, pinelands, and sugar fields.

Appearance / health:
Florida Kingsnakes are medium-sized snakes with smooth scales and round pupils. Adult size averages 4 feet in length. The base body color is often light brown to dark yellow, with more than 40 white to yellow crossbands on the back. The belly is cream to yellow with a brownish checkerboard pattern.

Behavior / temperament:
Florida Kingsnakes are fast snakes that startle their predators with quick movements that make their color bands flash and confuse the attacker. They are hardy and popular in the pet trade for ease of care and long life.

Housing:
The best enclosure for the Florida Kingsnake is an average-sized woodland terrarium decorated with several sturdy branches for climbing, hiding places, and live plants for adequate moderate humidity. Substrate should be newspaper or wood shavings. A large stable water bowl should be provided for drinking and soaking. Day temp: 78-90F; night temp: 72-80F; lighting: 12-14 hours.

Fresh water should be provided daily. The enclosure should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Diet:
Florida Kingsnakes feed on most other small animals like rodents, turtles, frogs, lizards, and other snakes.

Breeding:
Florida Kingsnakes do not require a hibernation period but a lowering of temperatures before mating is recommended. Breeding occurs in March and April. Being egg-layers, they lay clutches of 6-25 eggs in May or June. Incubation is about 55-60 days.

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