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Kingsnake - South Florida

Alternative Name
Florida Brooksi Kingsnake, Florida Brooksi King Snake, South Florida Kingsnake Scientific Name: Lampropeltis getula floridana brooksi

Basic Info

The South Florida Kingsnake averages between four and five feet (120-150cm), although they often reach up to six feet. They are slightly larger than the northern variety of the snake. They are usually yellowish with bands of cream or yellow and some brown or black scales and scale tipping interspersed. The banding is more pronounced in juveniles, because the background color usually fades as the snake matures.

Health

Because a major portion of its diet in the wild is other snakes, the Florida Kingsnake should not be kept with other snakes, even those of the same species. They need a large enclosure, kept at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day with a basking area between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature should drop to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The enclosure should be kept dry, although it can be misted when the animal is shedding. Breeding South Florida Kingsnakes breed well in captivity. They will breed easiest if subjected to a brumation period of several months at cooler temperatures, usually between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. After the temperature is returned to normal, usually in March or April, the female snake will lay a clutch of between 6 and 18 eggs. The eggs will hatch after between 54 and 60 days of incubation.

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Habitat

Found primarily in savannah pinelands, prairies and cypress ponds

Behavior

The South Florida Kingsnake, as the name would suggest, is found in southern Florida. They are rather large kingsnakes and are common in captivity. Although they can be slightly aggressive when young, this is usually caused by nervousness and when acclimated to their environment and if handled frequently, they can be quite docile. Found primarily in savannah pinelands, prairies and cypress ponds, the South Florida Kingsnake is a predator of the venomous rattlesnake. They themselves are not venomous and instead kill their prey by constricting it. In the wild, the Florida Kingsnake feeds on snakes, rodents, frogs and lizards. They are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day. This solitary animal spends most of its time hiding in covered areas. Their native habitat is warm and moderately dry. The South Florida Kingsnake is quite active, although they do not move very quickly. Because South Florida Kingsnakes are easy to tame and keep in captivity, they make excellent pets for beginners.

Origin

North America

History

The South Florida Kingsnake is generally found in southern Florida, in the region known as Alligator Alley. Florida Kingsnakes are very often bred in captivity.

Common Foods

feeds on lizards, birds, snakes, eggs, frogs, lizards and small mammals

 

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