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.
You can reduce your risk by initially setting a limit of $10 rather than $20 but if you are not comfortable with a little risk and taking a small loss of some of the bottles you buy then this is a sub-niche you should avoid. Here are some additional general hints & tips to remember when purchasing these bottles...Never buy a bottle that has any chips or cracks no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. The condition of the Pyro-Glaze design is extremely important - avoid any bottles that have chipped faded or scratched Pyro-Glaze as well. These bottles were to be used and then returned to the dairy where they were cleaned and reused. After extended use and cleaning some developed numerous small scratches to the glass. You should avoid bottles that exhibit severe scratching.