Species group: Kingsnakes and Milksnakes
Scientific name: Lampropeltis getula
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.
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.
Florida Kingsnakes feed on most other small animals like rodents, turtles, frogs, lizards, and other snakes.
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.
ready feeders, nice size snakes, nice size, great beginner snake, animal demonstrations, perfect pet
One of the Hobby's "Foundation Species"
The Florida kingsnake is one of the species that formed the “foundation” of captive breeders’ efforts to produce hybrids and color morphs. This hardy, interesting native of the American Southeast remains an excellent choice for both novices and advanced keepers. Even after decades of work in zoos with snakes from around the world, I reserve a place in my collection for this beauty and its relatives.
With proper care, Florida kings can live in excess of 20 years. A simple 30-50 gallon terrarium stocked with a hide box (or, better yet, cypress mulch into which they can burrow) and heated to a temperature range of 78-85 F, with a basking spot of 88 F, meets their needs. Although they feed heavily on snakes and lizards (and eggs, frogs, baby turtles…!) in the wild, pets do fine on mice and rat pups..
From findiviglio Jan 5 2016 5:30PM