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.
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.
But if this is your first pet snake you might want to consider purchasing a king snake or a milk snake. There are numerous sub-species that fall into these two closely-related snakes; this means you will have a variety of different colors and patterns to choose from. In addition these snakes are generally non-aggressive and easy to care for. Getting to Know the King Snake and the Milk Snake King snakes and milk snakes are interesting creatures for a number of different reasons. For starters the colors and patterns found on some of these snakes can look very similar coral snakes which are very venomous snakes with yellow and red bands of color. In fact the only real difference in appearance between a coral snake and a king or milk snake with the same coloring is the act that king and milk snakes have a line of black touching the red bands.