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.
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.
You can find some good information regarding how to identify reproductions along with some pictures of known reproductions from various online sources. If you are interested in learning more about these bottles there are two books currently available that provide some excellent information about how they were made and used along with some basic pricing information. The book are titled "Udderly Beautiful" and "Udderly Splendid" by John Tutton. Both give some rarity and pricing information but because of the large number of bottles produced they don t cover even a small fraction of the bottles produced. Both can be found for sale on either eBay Amazon or in some antique shops. Other sources of information are The National Association Of Milk Bottle Collectors and the individual web sites many of their members maintain.