King Snakes for Sale

The King Snake originates from the subtropics and temperate zones of Central and North Americas.  They come in many colors and patterns.  As a snake gets ready to shed, though, its eyes will become milky and blue or gray while the coloration of the body will become a whitish color.  During this time, the snake may be irritable, so avoid handling it while the shedding process is taking place.  A happy, healthy King Snake has clear eyes (besides while shedding,) is active and generally alert, has healthy-looking skin, sheds its skin regularly, will shed skin in one whole piece, and is a regular eater.  These snakes can live up to 15 years or more if cared for properly and can grow up to 2-6’ in length.  Please call ahead to confirm the store location you'd like to visit has King Snakes for sale available.

King Snake Diet

These snakes like to eat frozen, thawed, warmed, or even live rodents.  If feeding live rodents, though, it is best not to leave the two parties unattended for the rodent may fight back and injure the snake.  Young snakes will eat 1-2 times a week while adults will eat every 1-2 weeks.  Remember to feed the King Snake in a separate container so that it may not associate your hand or an open enclosure with food.  Also, it is important to carefully feed during shedding, as it may cause unnecessary stress on your King Snake.  

King Snake Habitat

The habitat for a King Snake should be large enough for exercise and daily activities.  Possible substrates you can use are aspen shavings, mulch-like materials, coconut fiber, reptile bark, and sphagnum moss.  Avoid gravel and artificial turf as they may damage the snake’s skin.  Temperatures in your King Snake’s habitat should range around 75°F on the cooler side and 90°F on the cooler end with regulated 40-60% humidity.  Humidity may need adjusting to aid the shedding process.  Snakes need a photoperiod light cycle, meaning they require 8-12 hours of light a day and black or infrared lighting may be used at nighttime.  Snakes shed their skin on a regular basis, so keep humidity levels well-regulated and provide things that aid in the process of shedding such as sphagnum moss in a shedding box.  King Snakes should be kept separately and should not be housed with other snake species either.  

Are King Snakes Right for Me?

The King Snake is not exactly cuddly, though it may endure some human handling.  It also may become a little more irritable when it is about to shed or is shedding its skin.  Once set up, they can be fairly easy to care for and can make quite rewarding and beautiful pets to keep!  However, keep in mind that any reptile is capable of carrying diseases such as Salmonella, so always washing your hands after touching your pet or any of its habitat items/substances is a must.  For this reason, small children and pregnant women should not handle these pets or their associated items/substances.  If you are looking for a more elegant-looking snake that does not need regular handling, then this pet may be right for you!  If you enjoy keeping snakes or are ready to care for a longer snake, the King Snake is a good choice.

At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer King Snakes for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure! 

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