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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.
King and Milk snakes are a sensible choice as a first snake pet. These breeds are often terribly docile extremely hardy and awfully simple to take care of. There are some species possessing a bit of an inclination to be nippy so it is always best to be aware particularly when you re setting up your king and milk snake care program. Adult snakes will change in size according to the species and sub-species. However most appear to range between twenty inches to over eight feet or more. From memory the longest recorded as at 2005 was 82 inches and it (the record) was held by an Eastern Chain King Snake. These snakes can live for anywhere between ten to fifteen years typically and up to a record twenty-three years in captivity. Naturally this relies on the level of king and milk snake care that you administer.
A full grown snake however should be provided a 60 gallon tank in which it can stretch and move about as king snakes and milk snakes tend to be quite active. When selecting a terrarium for a king snake or a milk snake it is also very important to select one that can be secured tightly. These snakes have a reputation for getting out of their cages and for squeezing through even the smallest places. So spend a little extra on a terrarium with a top that can be latched. Maintaining the proper temperature is also important when it comes to keeping your snake healthy. Milk snakes and king snakes generally like their cages to be around 76 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit during the day but the temperature should drop down to about 70 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit at night.