|Kingsnakes are among the most beautiful
snakes in the world and have been popular pets
in the reptile hobby since the beginning. There
are many different types of kingsnakes found in
North America, and care requirements are very
similar for all of them. Kingsnakes were given
their name because they are the "King" of
snakes in America. They are considered "Kings"
because they regularly eat other species of
snakes in the wild, including rattlesnakes!
- Common Name: Common Kingsnake
- Scientific Name: Lampropeltis spp.
- Distribution: Found throughout the southern
United States west into California.
- Size: 3'-6'
- Life Span: 15-20 yrs.+
- Hatchling to juvenile kingsnakes
(under 18") can be housed in a
10 gallon terrarium.
- Adult kingsnakes will need at
least a 20-30 gallon terrarium.
We recommend keeping snakes
in an enclosure that is no
shorter than half the length of
- A secure, lockable slidingscreen
lid is essential for safely
housing these snakes.
- Zoo Med's ReptiHabitat™ terrariums are an
excellent choice for kingsnakes.
- A Repti-Shelter™,
Habba Hut™, or Cork Bark
will provide a secure hiding
place to help reduce stress.
- Daytime Terrarium Temperature 75-80°F
- Basking Temperature 85-88°F
- Nighttime Terrarium Temperature 72-75°F
- Create a thermal gradient in your snake
enclosure by placing a heat lamp and an
Under Tank Heater on one side of the terrarium.
Zoo Med's Daylight Blue Reptile Bulb is a good
choice for heating snake enclosures. By placing
the heating elements on one side of the cage,
you will naturally provide the proper
- Any of Zoo Med's thermometers
will help you keep a close eye on
- Keep all hides, such as a Repti-Shelter™
or Habba Hut™ on the cool end of
- A ReptiTherm® Under Tank Heater or
ReptiCare™ Rock Heater is essential to provide
belly heat to your snake while it digests a meal.
- Snakes typically do
not require UVB to
meet their vitamin D
snakes receive UVB
and sunlight in their
natural habitat and
there is new
evidence that they
benefit from UVB
lighting in captivity.
- Zoo Med's
can be used to
terrarium and create
a natural day/night
- Kingsnakes will do best
on Zoo Med's Aspen
Snake Bedding™, Forest
Floor™ cypress mulch,
or ReptiBark®. We
recommend a substrate
layer of 2-3" in depth.
- Provide moistened New
Zealand Sphagnum Moss
in a Repti Shelter™ to
create a humidity
chamber. This chamber
will help your snake shed
its skin as it grows.
- Zoo Med's Eco Carpet™
can be used as a
friendly, and easy-to-clean substrate.
- Kingsnakes can be fed exclusively mice and small
rats throughout their lives. Rodents provide
snakes with the needed calcium and vitamins so
additional supplementation is not needed.
- Have fresh water available at all times.
ReptiSafe® Water Conditioner is a good choice
for removing Chlorine and Chloramines from
- Zoo Med's Corner Bowls are an excellent choice
of water bowls for all snakes.
- When choosing the proper sized food item
for your snake select a mouse/rat that is the
same size, or slightly bigger than the girth of
- Hatchlings: Will eat 1 pinkie mouse per week.
- Juveniles: Will eat 1 hopper-adult mouse
- Adults: Will eat 1-2 adult mice per week.
Particularly large Kingsnakes will eat
1 appropriately sized rat per week.