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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Reptiles
Order: Squamata
Suborders: Snakes
Family: Colubridae
Genre: Lampropeltis
Species: L. getula Linnaeus, 1766

They are found over most of the territory of the Member States, the regions of southern Ontario and Quebec, Central America and parts of South America.

Seven subspecies of Lampropeltis getula:
- Lampropeltis getula californiae California Kingsnake
- Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula floridana Florida
- Eastern Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula getula
- Kingsnake Lampropeltis holbrooki getula mottled
- Black Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula niger
- Lampropeltis getula nigritus Mexican Black Kingsnake
- Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula beautiful Sonoran Desert


Reptiles are of medium size, measuring up to 210 cm (typically from 130 to 180 cm in adults and 25/30 cm in the baby). Most of the species is smaller and reaches an average of 1.50 m. Snakes are relatively easy to breed.
Some species such as the California king snake (L. getula californiae) are bred for years and were selected various colors. They are snakes with robust appetite that easily accept a wide variety of prey, including rodents.

California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae (photo )

Florida Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula floridana (photo )

Habitat and terrarium

Habitat: rainforests, deserts, fields, mountainous areas.

Terrarium: for baby it is advisable to use a terrarium of at least 35x25x25 cm tightly sealed with no ventilation larger than 3/4 mm positioned low down in the hot zone and cold zone at the top, same thing in adult specimens, with a terrarium of at least 100x50x40 cm with larger air intakes but not too much as to affect temperature and humidity in the terrarium.

Substrate: Substrate is advisable to use as bark in pieces, dirt or, for a more natural effect, soil with strands of moss scattered here and there, absolutely no sand and gravel, in addition to accidental ingestion, can cause serious damage to the respiratory system of the animal.

Temperature and humidity

Temperature: being a cold-blooded your Lampropeltis must receive heat from a source external to the body, just position a cable or heating pad with thermostat directly under the terrarium for 1/3 of its length, reaching 26/28 degrees in the hot zone and 24/25 in the cold without installing any unnecessary heating lamps. night the temperature to be set at 20/22 degrees in the cold zone and 24/25 ° C in the hot.

Humidity: in the terrarium you will have to maintain a humidity of 60/70% to do this simply place the water bowl in the hottest part of the terrarium so that evaporation is elevated by its rate. In the period of wetsuit is advisable to spray twice a day the terrarium so as to increase the percentage of moisture.

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