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.
One of the snakes often being chosen by beginners is a milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) because it is so easy to take care of. There is a whole bunch of sub-species the one commonly chosen because of beautiful red-black-white color is Sinaloan Milk Snake. What is more and very important they are no threat to human beings. But there are still some essential rules you have to follow in order to keep your pet in good health. Some of them are written below. If you plan to have more than just one snake the specimens must be kept singly. It is very important because all Lampropeltis species are cannibals there is a risk of a larger snake eating the smaller one. These reptiles are sedentary ones so they do not need so much space to feel comfortably in a terrarium. Even a 15-20 gallon should do for them.
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.