Lampropeltis mexicana mexicana

San Luis Petosi Kingsnake

(Mexican Kingsnake)



Range: Mountanous areas surrounding Chihuahua Desert, and in Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Durango, Mexico

Size: 24-32 inches, maximum 36 inches

Lifespan: 11years (?)

Active: nocturnal

Habitat: dry areas but not true desert, dry pine-oak forest

Captive Care: 20 gal aquarium, undertank heating; newsprint, dried pine or aspen, Care Fresh or Lizard Litter; water bowl; shelter
Ophiophagus (snake eating) -> house separately!

Temp.: juveniles, 80-90F
adults: gradient of 65F (18C) to 88F (31C)

Foods: in nature: lizards
in captivity: mice -> pinky, fuzzy, neonates may require lizards
feed medium meal every 4-6 days

Temperament: calm; can be problem feeders

Breeding: brumation: 3 months, 55F (but like weak basking light)
breeding to egg laying: 24 to 46 days
clutch size: 5 to 19, average 12 (high rate of infertility)
incubation: 54 to 82 days

Markel, Ronald (1990) King Snakes and Milksnakes. T.F.H. publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ. 144pp.
Markel, Ronald (1997) King Snakes and Milksnakes from alterna to zonata. Reptiles USA Annual pp. 107-119.
Markel, Ronald and Bartlett, R. D. (1995) King Snakes and Milksnakes. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. Hauppauge, NY. 94pp.
Walls, J.G. (1996) Grey-banded Kingsnakes, Identification, Care and Breeding. T.F.H. publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ. 64pp.

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