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California kingsnakes are one of the most commonly kept pet snakes, and for good reason
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As pets and animals in zoos, California king snakes flourish on diets consisting largely of mice. They can eat frozen mice, as long they are adequately thawed. Take note that live prey can sometimes be hazardous to the snakes by biting them. Avoid putting your pet in danger by offering him prey animals that were killed beforehand.
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California kingsnakes hail from the arid regions of Baja and southwestern California, where they feed on local fare such as gopher snakes (Pituophis), racers (Coluber), mice and California alligator lizards (Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata). Reputable breeders and pet retailers are the best places to purchase California kingsnakes. Captive-bred specimens make better pets and settle for store-bought pre-killed mice. California kingsnakes bred for the pet trade have become established on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
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Photo provided by FlickrCalifornia king snakes are a highly variable species that make hardy, long lived pets
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The California Kingsnake (L. g. californiae) is found in the southwestern United States, from California eastward to Arizona. They are common in a variety if habitats, and are frequently caught and kept as pets by local youngsters. With attractive patterns and very easy care, they are fast becoming a pet industry mainstay.Breeding:
California Kingsnakes sometimes breed without temperature manipulation, but more consistent success will be had if your pets are chilled to 50 F (after a 2 week fast) for 3-5 months. Mating occurs from March to June in most regions, with the eggs being deposited 55-70 days thereafter. Well-fed females may produce 2 or 3 clutches annually. At an incubation temperature of 80-82 and 90-100% humidity, the 12 inch-long youngsters hatch in 50-80 days.

Written by Frank IndiviglioWell-cared-for California Kingsnakes are quite hardy, with captive longevities often exceeding 20 and sometimes 30 years. “Blister disease” and other skin infections can take hold if your pet is kept in a damp terrarium, and as with most snakes they may be subject to mites or, more rarely, inclusion body disease, and other ailments.I bought my first California kingsnake back when I actually lived in California. Ever since then, I've been a fan of these snakes and have recommended them as pets to many snake keepers. In this article, I'll share everything I've learned about the keeping and care of California kingsnakes — feeding, housing, heating, cage cleaning and more!Kingsnakes and milksnakes are members of one of the most popular snake genera inherpetoculture, Lampropeltis. The genus Lampropeltis is endemic to Northand South America, with many members present in the continental United States. The mostpopular kingsnakes in the reptile keeping hobby include the California kingsnake (Lampropeltisgetula califoniae), and grey-banded kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna), amongothers. The most popular milksnakes include the pueblan (L. t. campbelli), thesinaloan (L. t. sinaloae), and the honduran (L. t. hondurensis). Membersof this genus are rightfully popular with reptile keepers, they are hardy, easy to breed,and come in a dazzling array of beautiful color and pattern morphs. This care sheet isintended to cover the basic care of both kingsnakes and milksnakes for beginning reptileenthusiasts. We also highly encourage new hobbyists to purchase captive care books to helpthem keep and breed this genus successfully. I've tried a lot of cage types over the years, but the Vision cage is my favorite for housing medium-sized pet snakes such as the California king. These cages are actually designed by snake keepers, and you can tell because they've thought of everything. They are extremely durable, easy to clean, and stackable (in case you grow your snake collection in the future).