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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

- Is Kingsnake (Milksnake) venomous?

Nope, Kingsnake (Milksnake) is not venomous. But Kingsnake (Milksnake) looks like Coral snake and Coral snake is venomous.

- How to recognize Kingsnake (Milksnake) and Coral Snake?

First of all we should tell that there exist many different strains of both kinds, with diff colors and trace. And especially Kings/Milks have huge number of hybrids. But still if we stay in pure nature then in almost all cases we can tell apart King/Milk and Coral by following : King/Milk has two black rings which enclose light one (mostly yellow or white). With Coral snake it's otherwise : two light rings enclose black one. Or we can say otherwise, when red touches yellow then it's Coral snake, when Red touches black so it's King/Milksnake. There is some saying to easy remember : "Red touch yellow, kill a fellow Red touch black, venom lack."

- What Kingsnake eats?

In captivity is whole diet practically based only on rodents (mice, small rats). There they can get all nutrients they need including vitamins. In accordance w/ Kingsnake age is changing just only size which is Kingsnake able to eat. In wild are young hatchling eating small reptiles, which they do not regret to eat also in whole next life, the same with other snakes, incl. venomous ones (like rattle snakes etc., as they are quite more resistant to its poison than human). And from here comes problems w/ hatchlings feeding, they have geneticlly coded in that they first diet are reptiles.. fortunetly it's not too hard to convince most of them to accept rodents. Especially if you have a few tricks in your pockets.. if not then check this site :)

- How big vivarium is needed for Kingsnake?

Many different dimensions are being recommended, but let's say that dimensions 65cm x 40cm x 30cm(height) should be ok for average sized Kingsnake strain. In case of necessity it's suitable also even for breeding group 1,2.

- What does it stand for 0,1 or 0,2 or 1,2 etc.?

It's quite usual term used between breedes, it's description of number and gender of group of animals. First number stands for quantity of males, second for quantity of females. Sometimes you can find also third number there and then it stands for those members of group which are either too young and/or is not possible to recognize gender.

- Can Kingsnakes eat each other?

Yes, it's happening. There are strains which are quite canibals more than the others(ie. L.getula). But also there are strains where it's quite unusual behavior, even we can say rare (ie. L.pyromelana). However regardles strain of Kingsnake there are some basic rules which are necessary to follow :

1. Together in one vivarium should be only Kings with similar size.
2. Max only one male in vivarium.
3. Be very careful when feeding in vivarium where live more snakes together, in fact it's most critical moment. Most of accidents happen in way that two snakes begin eat the same mouse at the same moment against each other and one snake after that swallow mouse together with second snake.

- How often to feed Kingsnakes?

Following info does not concern week and half before shed and a few days after shed, when snake usualy does not eat. The same for brumation period, when snake does not eat, too.
Snakes in age up to two or three years should be feeded once a week, but when you skip a week from time to time, so it should not be problem at all. After first year does not harm even two weeks w/o feeding from time to time. Adults are ok to eat just once per two weeks (not valid for females meant for breeding) and is quite ok to skip a month. By "skip from time to time" is not meant some regular skipping but moreless exceptional solution of situation as is holiday, illness etc.

- What size adult Kingsnake can achieve?

Kingsnakes are quite small and slim snakes which mostly achieve 1m in adult age. But some strains can be almost 2m and some are happy to get slightly more than 0,5m. It makes them ones of smallest non venomous snakes in vivariums at all.

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