King / Milk Snakes
The King Snake comes in a huge variety of subspecies, but some of the most popular ones are:
- Common King Snake
- Grey Banded King Snake
- Mole Prairie King Snake
- Mexican King Snake
- Milk Snake.
King snakes come in every colour imaginable, which is one of the reasons they have become such popular pets. Common King snakes are the largest of the king snakes and can grow up to 6 ft in length, with the average being about 4ft.
Milk Snakes grow from 51cm to 150cm long. They have smooth and shiny scales and their typical colour pattern is alternating bands of red-black-yellow or white-black-red. The come in a variety of colours depending on their subspecies. They are constrictors, suffocating their prey before eating.
Both King and Milk snakes will try to eat cage mates, so should be housed on their own.
Company for King / Milk Snakes
Cannibalism is normal for King and Milk Snakes, so never keep more than one per enclosure, and be sure to leave your snake alone in its new home for a few days before you start handling him.
The average lifespan for a King / Milk Snake is 15 years, but they have been know to live to up 20.
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