desert; Southwestern Texas and Northern Mexico
Size: 4 ft (1.2 m) average,
normal range 20 to 46 inches; max. 57 inches (1.46 m) weight usually 200
g, but can get obese (up to 350g)
Lifespan:: 20 (?)
Habitat: desert cliffs,
rocky limestone cliffs (live in fissures)
20-30 gal aquarium, undertank heating; newsprint, dried pine or aspen,
Care Fresh or Lizard Litter; water bowl large enough for soaking, fresh
water at all times; shelter Ophiophagus (snake eating) -> house
adults: gradient of 65F (18C) to 88F (31C)
brumate at 55F
Foods: in nature: rodents,
birds, lizards, frogs, snakes
in captivity: mice -> pinky, fuzzy (adults are too large), neonates
may require lizards, feed medium meal every 4-6 days
Temperament: calm; can
be problem feeders
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