King Snakes

by Cedar Pet Supply 14 may
# Pet Tips
# Reptiles
A Scarlet Kingsnake resting on a rock.

King snakes are popular pet snakes known for their beauty, personality, and ease of care. In this article, we'll take a closer look at these snakes and why they make great pets.


King Snake Appearances

King snakes come in a variety of colors and patterns, including black and white, yellow, orange, red, and brown. They have smooth and shiny scales, and their belly is often a lighter color than the rest of their body. They can grow up to 4 to 6 feet in length, depending on the species.


Maintenance for King Snakes

King snakes are relatively easy to care for, making them a great choice for first-time snake owners. They require an enclosure that provides enough space for them to move around and explore. The enclosure should also have a heat source, such as an under-tank heating pad or a heat lamp, to keep them warm. A substrate such as aspen shavings or reptile carpet is also necessary, and the enclosure should be spot cleaned daily and completely cleaned and disinfected every few weeks.


King Snake Diet

In the wild, king snakes eat a variety of prey including rodents, birds, lizards, and other snakes. As pets, they are usually fed frozen or thawed rodents, such as mice or rats. It's important to feed your king snake an appropriately sized meal, typically once a week for adult snakes.


King Snake Behaviors

King snakes are known for their friendly and curious nature. They are active during the day and enjoy exploring their surroundings. They are also known for their impressive hunting skills and will strike at their prey with lightning speed.


King Snakes are Easy to Care For

King snakes are a popular choice among snake owners due to their striking appearance and docile nature. Some of the most popular species include the California king snake, the Mexican black king snake, and the speckled king snake.


Tips for King Snake Care:

  • Always wash your hands before and after handling your king snake
  • Avoid handling your snake for at least 24 hours after they have eaten
  • Provide a hiding spot in their enclosure for them to feel secure
  • Monitor their enclosure temperature and humidity levels regularly
  • Take your king snake to a reptile vet for regular check-ups to ensure their health and well-being.


King snakes make great pets due to their easy care, friendly personalities, and striking appearance. With proper care and attention, they can be a wonderful addition to any reptile lover's collection.

A Kingsnake resting on a rock.