Luis Petosi 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 (?)
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
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.
Barrons 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.