Pet stores with snakes
15 - 20 years
Warm side - 85 ℉
Cool side - 75 ℉
* If room temperature falls below 70 degrees at night, a supplemental infrared or ceramic heat fixture may be necessary
No specific requirements
Most king snakes and milk snakes purchased at pet stores and from good breeders are bred and hatched in captivity. In order to help reduce the number of snakes poached from the wild, make sure your pet is indeed captive bred. They are commonly found in the deciduous forest areas, farm areas and rocky hillsides and high in the mountains in much of North America, from as far north as Quebec and as far south as South America.
King snakes and milk snakes are available in a variety of lengths, colors and patterns. Among the patterns are stripes from head to tail, bands running around the circumference of the body and solid colors. Colors can exist as a single color, two-color or tri-color. The skin is smooth and shiny and the body is long and thin. Kings and milks are also famous for their mimicry of venomous coral snakes, which sport a color pattern of black, yellow and red bands, much like some of the king and milk snakes. However, the simple difference between the two is the order of striping: a milk or king snake has striping in which the black bands touch the red bands. In coral snakes, the yellow bands touch the red bands. There are many rhymes made to help you remember the difference between the safe and venomous snakes, such as: red touches yellow, kills a fellow; red touches black, venom lack.
NORMAL BEHAVIOR & INTERACTION:
Milk snakes and king snakes in captivity are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk. They are generally ground dwellers but are also semi-arboreal (will climb trees). King snakes and milk snakes are highly active snakes that, when being held, tend to want to go in several different directions at once. They can be a bit nervous when first being handled. Be sure to support the snake well while holding and do not quickly force the snake in one direction or the other. Guide it gently. Eventually, your milk or king snake will calm down and wrap itself around your hand and arm.
NOTE: All snakes should be housed separately; apart from other snakes, even of the same species. This is especially true for milk snakes and king snakes, as they commonly eat other snakes; even those larger than themselves! Housing snakes together will also create a dominant/submissive hierarchy and will result in one snake becoming stressed to the point of illness, anorexia and possibly death.
Carnivorous; frozen thawed mice or rats (size depending on age and size of snake) DO NOT FEED LIVE PREY (see “Snake Feeding” hand-out). Live prey may bite and injure your snake and consequently make your snake afraid of his own food. Live rodents may also harbor parasites that can be transferred to your snake.
FEEDING & SHEDDING:
Feed in the morning or in the evening. King snakes and milk snakes will eat mice and rats in captivity. In the wild they prefer rodents, birds, other snakes, frogs and lizards. They are constrictors; which means they constrict their prey to suffocate it and then eat it. If you have trouble feeding your corn snake, please refer to our “Snake Feeding” fact sheet for help. A healthy snake will usually eat about every 7-10 days. An adult will eat 1-3 adult mice at each feeding, depending on the size of the snake. Remember it is always easier for a reptile to digest several smaller prey items rather that one large one. Some snake owners find it easier to feed their pet in a separate enclosure, free of bedding and furniture, this way you can be sure your snake eats all its food properly and the snake will not pick up any bedding when grabbing prey and mistakenly ingest it along with the prey.
Defecation usually follows 2-3 days after eating. Do not feed again until snake has defecated from previous feeding. *Do not handle for 24 hours after feeding to prevent regurgitation.
Depending on the snake’s age and size, (young snakes shed more often than older snakes; smaller ones more than larger) he or she may shed 2-6 times a year. The process of shedding takes about 7-10 days. When shedding is about to occur, the belly will become pink and the skin’s overall color will dull. After 5-6 days, it will clear and the snake will soon begin to shed. If the shed does not come off in one piece, it is a sign that its environment is not ideal. In the wild, reptiles have a much easier time with their sheds, as they are generally in a more naturally humid environment and have access to pools or bodies of water in which they can soak at will. Even reptiles from arid areas find humid places to go during the shedding process, such as cold, moist burrows under the sand or caves. The shedding process happens when the snake’s body begins to grow a new layer of skin; that new layer begins to separate from the old and a very thin layer of fluid forms between the two layers. If your pet’s enclosure is too dry, this fluid layer will not form properly, making it difficult for your reptile to shed properly.
To create more humidity, the entire tank can be lightly spray misted twice a day during shedding time. Spray once in the morning and once later in the day. Make sure the later spray dries completely before lights go off for the night. Some snakes may benefit from a ‘moist box’ during shedding time. This can be a ‘Tupperware’-like container (with the cover on) with moist reptile terrarium moss inside. The container should be big enough for the entire snake to be inside with a hole cut in the side just large enough for the snake to come and go at will. Keep the moss moist but not watery, and place the box on the heating pad in the tank.
Snakes benefit greatly from a good deep-water soak at least once a week. A large ‘Tupperware’ container makes a good reptile bathtub. Fill the container deep enough so the entire snake’s body can be submerged under water, but the snake’s head can be out of water. The water should be nice and warm (about 68-70 degrees). Soak your snake for about a half hour at a time.
Supplementation is not normally necessary for snakes as they consume whole prey. If your snake becomes ill, your veterinarian may recommend injecting the prey with supplements that can help the current issue. Do not inject your rodents without consulting your veterinarian first. Over-supplementation is possible and dangerous.What does cronus zen do? What does equitable mean? What google tricks are there besides thanos and wizard of oz? What does your thyroid do? What is rain shower meaning? How to add drop down list in excel? What does binaural mean? How to change my password? How to sign up for netflix? Why are onion root tips good for observing mitosis? Meaning of who cares? What does oml mean in texting? What is the meaning of mackenzie? How to build immune system? How to remove ipod pro tips? How to change public network to private network in windows 10? What does an ip address tell you? What is the meaning of grumble? What does it mean when a company goes public? How long to fry shrimp? What does verbatim mean? What does yak mean? What does the l stand for in a car? world chef what is a helper What does anthropogenic mean? How long does it take to sober up? Which of these is nearest in meaning to the word importuning as it is used in the passage above? How to get rid of a cold sore? What does orientation mean? What does ides of march mean? What is the meaning of polaroid? What does overbearing mean? What is sorbitol? What are corticosteroids? What does negate mean? What does alright mean? Value in real estate has what meaning? What does it mean to be proactive? What are ap classes in high school? What element is aquarius? How to make a robot? What did jerry do as he prepared to bite eds neck after warning him not to play mind tricks? How to use incense? How to make yourself pee right away? What does acquit mean? How do restaurants take tips on debit cards? What does rx mean? How to learn david blaine tricks? How to grow hair faster & longer | tips to grow men's hair? How to make gravy with chicken broth? How to download mods for minecraft? What does decreased mean? How to factory reset oculus quest 2? Rubiks cube tricks how to? What does the bible say about marriage? What does herald mean? How to make crab salad? What is the meaning of koinonia? Microsoft word tips how to move number value? What are dream catchers used for? How to use a speed square? What are commodity stocks? How long to cook lasagna? What does hb mean? What is tips app on iphone? What is the meaning of envelope? What does it mean when a dogs nose is dry? What does auspicious mean? What does vato mean in english? What does the air force do? Why are the tips of dentures transparent? How to say? What is the meaning of services? How to get rid of silverfish? What is the spiritual meaning of the strawberry moon? How can i be of service meaning? What does 4g mean? How to use raw tips in roller? How to take off airpod pro ear tips? How to turn off restricted mode on youtube? agencies who hire welder helper jobs What does wagmi mean? Why this kolaveri di lyrics meaning? How to cancel adobe subscription? How to use a suppository? What do i mean to you meaning? What is the meaning of ecology in science? What is dysbiosis meaning? Tricks to keep cardstock from curling when printing? How long does a father have to establish paternity? Eye tricks what do you see? How to sign out of icloud? How to do card magic tricks easy? How to find your bra size? What do the eyes emoji mean? How old do you have to be to adopt? How to soften butter in the microwave? how to get laspass fill helper out of my notification tray on android How to get dd214? John mayer why you no love me meaning? What does indigo look like? How to comfort a dog with a fever?