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Baby king and milk snakes are very fragile could be extremely snappy and defensive. They could also defecate on you and release a particularly sharp odor of musk. This originates from the glands of the snake. However they may shortly get used to you if you re able to handle them for twenty minutes or so every day. This in turn will seriously slash the defensive actions against you. Actually some will become so cosy in your grasp that they may happily coil up in your hands and sit there. Most though won t be content to sit still and will move through your hands. Some king and milk snakes care enough about themselves to bite and these bites may in truth bleed because their teeth are needle sharp. However the bites won t be unpleasant to an adult. They don t seem to be a toxic snake though some can bear a resemblance to the infamous coral snake whose bite can be deadly.
Another interesting characteristic of king snakes and milk snakes is the fact that they actually eat other snakes as well as lizards rodents amphibians and birds. Of course as the owner of a king snake or milk snake you would not feed other snakes to your pet. Not only would this be quite expensive for you it would be potentially dangerous to your snake as well. Nonetheless when surviving in the wild king snakes and milk snakes can actually eat snakes that are larger than they are. In fact it is not uncommon for some to regularly eat rattlesnakes in the wild. Therefore you should never put more than one king snake or milk snake in the same aquarium as one will be certain to make a meal out of the other. Housing a King Snake or a Milk Snake Since king snakes and milk snakes can reach six to seven feet in length it is important to select a terrarium that is large enough for them to grow and to rest comfortably inside. When they are young a 10 gallon tank may be sufficient.
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.