Lampropeltis ruthveni


Ruthven's King Snake



Range: Jalisco, Queretero and Michocan, Mexico

Size: 30-32 inches average, record 40 inches

Age: 15 years

Active: nocturnal

Habitat: dry, rocky woodlands at relatively high altitudes

Captive Care: 20 gal aquarium, undertank heating; newsprint, paper towels, 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: 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

Breeding: brumation: 3 months, 55F (but like weak basking light)
eggs laid: ~ 1 month after mating, ~5-10 eggs, 75% hatch rate
egg incubation: 82-85F to 70 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.
Walls, J.G. (1996) Grey-banded Kingsnakes, Identification, Care and Breeding. T.F.H. publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ. 64pp.

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