Kingsnakes live across the southern continental United States across the deserts of Arizona to Mexico. They might be striped, speckled or banded. The kingsnake will become dormant in winter, but it will still shed its skin. The kingsnakes have brills instead of eyelids; this keeps the dust, dirt, and sand out of their eyes. This also gives them glossy eyes or a dazed look.
The Florida king snake lives in cypress ponds, in Savannah pinelands, and prairies. Hatchlings can be started off feeding on pinkie mice. Juveniles and adults can gradually take larger prey of fuzzy mice, adult mice or young rats. Very highly variable colors and patterns making kingsnakes one of the most beautiful display species out there.
Start with a 30-gallon tank and grow as the snake grows. Aspen, reptile bedding or reptile turf for substrate. Create shelters with climbing and basking areas. A large bowl of fresh water for drinking and soaking should be provided at all times.
Keep the tank between 76 and 84 during the day and 72 to 82 at night. Use under tank heating pads for a 24-hour heat source. Pre-killed mice and rats are good for the younger snakes.
Snakes can obtain many parasites: HaHa Reptiles always checks for mites and ticks before shipping. We recommend that all new specimens be quarantined so that they can be checked for parasites and disease at the new location.
Occasionally, a snake may refuse to feed. Food refusal is caused by a number of things such as incorrect environmental conditions, a shed phase, pregnancy, or illness. If you snake refuses food for more than four weeks, has the correct environmental conditions (including hiding spots), is not shedding and has never been with a member of the opposite sex, it should be checked for illness.