King Snake

Snakes are becoming more popular as pets even though it takes a lot of work to make sure that they’re going to be completely happy and healthy in their new habitat when you bring them home.  Working hard to make sure that your reptile is going to be completely satisfied you need to have all of the information that you possibly can in order to make their environment in your home as well as they’re natural environment that you find out and wilderness.  In order to get the information that you need you have to do a lot of research.  Here’s a little bit more information on the king snake that you need to know about to make sure that you build a habitat that is going to work well for them as well as give few the opportune time to observe them without disturbing their natural being.

 

The Kings snakes can grow up to 6 feet long depending on the species of the snake and there are many different types of king’s snakes and different spaces that they arrive from.  The one thing that you do have to remember about the king snake is that it does eat meat.  This mean that this is a carnivorous snake and is used to eating live rodents stirring around.  This is a good hunting snake so remember that when you’re trying to feed them so you do not get bit.  Another thing that you have to realize about the king snake is that it can live up to 15 years or even longer depending on the care that it is given and the species of snake so you need to make sure that you have a long-term commitment when it comes to getting a pet of this caliber.

 

Diet

 

As far as the diet goes you want to make sure that you do not feed your snake live prey because it can ultimately injure the snake or even kill it.  Many people make this mistake about feeding their reptiles live rodents but they do have to realize that these rodents have a natural instinct on fighting back which could cause severe injuries to your snake.  When you’re thing about feeding your snake you want to make sure that you feed them room temperature rodents that have been frozen to make sure that they do not have any diseases.  When you’re freezing your meals for your snake you drop the temperature below zero and then he them back up to room temperature during the time of feeding.  This kills most of the bacteria that could be found on the rodents that you’ll froze.

 

Habitat

 

Building the proper habitat for the King snake can be very crucial because you need to make sure that they have enough room to exercise as well as places where they can hide and get out of the sun.  This is very important because every snake likes to hide for a while to get away from the pressures of being a snake.  They also need something to climb on so you also need to make sure that the top of your habitat can be securely latched so your snake does not get out.  These are all things that you have to consider for the habitat of when your king snake is in your home.

 

As long as you’re building a habitat you want to make sure that they have substrate at the bottom of the tank.  You can always use aspen shavings to make sure that they have something to rub against when they’re shedding.  Never use artificial turf or gravel because it can seriously cut your snake.  It is very rough on your snake’s skin if he is subjected to this material.  You also want to make sure that you have a constant supply of fresh water on one end of the tank that is sitting at 95°Fahrenheit.  You also want to make sure that there is one cool end of the tank sitting around 75° F.  This way the snake can be comfortable and determine the area that it wants to be in.  In order to maintain the high end temperature you want to make sure that you place an under the tank heating element to keep the temperature where it needs to be.  You also want to make sure that the humidity of your habitat does not exceed 60%.

 

When it comes to cleaning your habitat for your king snake you want to use a 3% bleach solution and make sure that you throw the substrate out every time you clean your tank.  It is  easier to get new substrate or aspen mulch to throw back in it when you’re done cleaning everything in the tank including the tank with this solution.  You can use the cleaning solution on all the decorations including their climbing stick so that you do not have to go and find another one.

 

Health Concerns

 

If you start noticing bumps or spots on the skin of your snake you want to make sure that you bring them in to an exotic animal veterinarian right away because it could be a sign that they’re sick.  If you notice that your snake is having difficulty shedding or there’s a white substance around their mouth you also want to be going to the veterinarian to find out what is wrong with your snake. If you notice your snake vomiting or not eating at all you might want to get your snake checked out. They might be fasting or just not in the mood to eat but do you really want to take the chance? If you notice anything that is out of the ordinary with your pet see a veterinarian that deals with exotic animals.

 

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