It is an important factor if you do not want to have a huge aquarium in the living room. The temperature required for this species is between 75 and 85 degrees. Unlike some other types of snakes the milk snakes do not need a temperature drop at night so there is no risk you forget to turn down the heater for the night and as a result hurt the animal. The issue of feeding is not a problem. The ones living in the wild usually eat small rodents but also birds eggs reptiles amphibians and invertebrates. They also may eat other snakes like I mentioned before. In captivity the most common prey are mice. For young snakes - pinky ones for adults - adequate to their size once a week. Cue the common adage is your refrigerator running? only this time don t fall for the joke.
So far as breeding goes it can take most snakes up to three years to reach a good breeding size and after they reach that point they re going to continue to grow slowly over the course of their lives. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and are available from a massive number of breeders round the country. It is critical to determine the snake you are about to buy is captive bred. The reason behind this is that the wild king or milk snake is probably going to be much harder to create as a captive snake and will regularly reject rodents as appropriate food. Straight after buying your pet it is wise to have a vet conduct a fecal test on the snake to make sure that it isn t carrying any bugs and to treat the snake if it is. This is one of the significant sides of king and milk snake care because in captivity internal bugs can become fatal due to continual re-infection. They (bugs) need to be thrown out awfully quickly if discovered to be present in the snake.
But if this is your first pet snake you might want to consider purchasing a king snake or a milk snake. There are numerous sub-species that fall into these two closely-related snakes; this means you will have a variety of different colors and patterns to choose from. In addition these snakes are generally non-aggressive and easy to care for. Getting to Know the King Snake and the Milk Snake King snakes and milk snakes are interesting creatures for a number of different reasons. For starters the colors and patterns found on some of these snakes can look very similar coral snakes which are very venomous snakes with yellow and red bands of color. In fact the only real difference in appearance between a coral snake and a king or milk snake with the same coloring is the act that king and milk snakes have a line of black touching the red bands.