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  • Florida King Snake cb23

Florida King Snake cb23


Florida Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula floridana)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Florida kingsnakes are terrestrial snakes found primarily in the southern portion of Florida, USA. In the wild, they prefer moist coastal-type habitats such as swamp edges, marshes, and dikes. They spend most of their time on the ground, but they are also reasonably capable climbers.

These snakes are diurnal, although juveniles are noted to have crepuscular tendencies. Florida kingsnakes are highly opportunistic carnivores and use this time to hunt down a variety of prey such as rodents, bird eggs, frogs, toads, lizards, young turtles, and turtle eggs, as well as other snakes.

Florida kingsnakes have an oval head, round pupils, slender bodies, and smooth, glossy scales. They can be identified by their brown-to-black base color interrupted by bands of yellow-white and may have a speckled appearance. The underside is mottled and the tongue is black. Length is usually between 36-48”.

Florida kingsnakes are some of the most popular pet snakes in the US due to their tame nature, hardiness, and attractive pattern. Expect your pet to live 20+ years with good care.

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