California king snake (& Videos)

aaron cress California king snake
aaron cress California king snake

The California king snake – This beautiful, strong, agile snake species is the westernmost of the Eastern Group of royal snake. Not without reason, the seven subspecies of this powerful constrictor is probably the most popular for hobbyists. The California king snake in captivity for several thousands of generations, and is available in many colors and patterns, and a relatively cheap. Normal color rainbow royal snake is black or dark brown with cream stripes and white wide stripes along the spine. Copies of which were partially dotted and partially strip, are rarely able to find it. Today, these snakes natural colors add albino snake, snakes lavender, banana yellow, so the patterns are quite reduced and improved. The California king snake, which is 50% black and 50% black is commonplace, such as those that once were rare (partial strip partially streaked). This snake has a narrow head, but it’s pretty big when he grows up. Is immune, or at least resistant to the effects of poisonous snake bites.

Beauty California king snake
Beauty California king snake

The size and lifespan

This is one of the smaller royal snake. A length of 1.1 m is characteristic of most of the adult snakes. Occasionally we come across instances of 1.4 m in length. The lifespan of 15 years or more can be expected in California royal Snake.


The California king snake is quite common in the United States and in Baja California. They inhabit areas of southern and southwestern Oregon to Cabo San Lucas, on the east by Eastern Arizona and southwest of Colorado. They can be found in the lowlands and highlands of mild, in deserts with rare vegetation and pine forests on the slopes. Often staying in rocky areas, dumps and near the coast. In other words, the California king snake is adaptable to different habitats. They like to hide in the construction sites and the management, as well as on the periphery of the irrigation channels. Runaway or abandoned animals can be found east of Florida.

Care in captivity

Royal Snakes are famous for the variety of food. Like to eat insects, amphibians, other reptiles, baby turtles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, small birds and small mammals. In captivity most often feed on small, pre-killed rodents.

Black and White California king snake
Black and White California king snake

Cleanliness is essential when the king snake is kept in the house or apartment. Of course, this applies to all snakes, but especially this one. If you are held in sub-optimal conditions (such as damp and unclean background) royal snakes are very prone to develop hardly curable disease accompanied by blistering phenomenon. However, if their cage clean and dry, these are some of the toughest snake. It should be provided with a temperature of 30.5° C in the warm section, and a temperature of 21-26.5 °C in the cooler part of the terrarium. If you only have one Californian king snake, it can be placed in a terrarium capacity of 75.7 liters and measuring 30 x 30 x 76 cm. The couple should have a terrarium volume of 151 L tank for breeding (vary in size depending on the manufacturer, but they are usually size 46 x 40 x 91 cm). Babies can be placed in a much smaller terrarium, but remember that the royal snake prone to cannibalism, which also applies to the offspring of the snake. It is usually better to keep the baby separate.

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The California king snake likes to hide, and often dig caves if her conditions allow. Rarely voluntarily climb. One or more boxes to hide, as well as visual barriers such as branches or stones can help the snake feel protected. A bowl of fresh water is necessary, but if you’re a snake used for long immersion, you reduce the size of the container to counteract snake that often works. If precipitous, Californian king snake takes a defensive stance, and it rises in the form of the letter “S”. Some of them have a disturbing habit to flank your nose is tightly with your hand or finger, and persistently bite and chew. Wear them carefully and be careful.


In order to correctly reproduce, royal snakes from the wild will be necessary period of hibernation, which lasts 10 to 12 weeks. Types of captivity and the hatchlings royal snakes often hibernate instead require a short cooling period. When California king snake properly nourished, maintain good body weight, and has the expected cycles, razmnožavaće annually. Types of captivity can have three litters of four to twelve eggs. If you make a third litter is usually less than the previous ones, and can include a larger number of unfertilized eggs. Females differ from males by narrower and shorter tail. Rep males is near the cloaca and is long. The poles can be easily identified by a jump. Hatchlings quite resemble the adults.

California king snake
California king snake

Other snakes with similar needs

Subspecies Eastern royal snake will develop properly if treated as California king snake. However, some of the subspecies may be larger than the California king snake and it will be necessary to provide them with a larger cage when they grow up. Prairie and dotted royal snake (Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata) will also be well-grown, if you apply the same rules.

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