Albino Banded California Kingsnake
Our albino banded California kingsnake for sale is beautiful example of how bright and clean colored a snake can be. The albino banded California kingsnake is a beautiful and healthy captive born baby that is available for overnight shipping with our live arrival guarantee. Another popular colubrid we offer our customers is the banded black and white California kingsnake
California Kingsnake Enclosure
As hatchlings, California kingsnakes are approximately 8 to 10 inches long. A 10-gallon tank with an escapeproof lid is sufficient for a young snake. Screen tops that slide and lock in place work well.
Due to their voracious appetite, they can grow rather quickly, and they usually achieve adulthood in about three years. A 4-foot-long adult should be comfortable in an enclosure approximately 3 feet long by 11⁄2 feet wide by 1 foot tall. The habitat’s length and width are more important than its height.
Although California kingsnakes aren’t the best climbers, don’t be surprised if you find your snake wedged along the enclosure’s top lip. Their curiosity drives them to investigate every inch of their habitat. The smallest lid opening can provide them with the opportunity to pull a Houdini act, so check carefully for possible tank escape routes.
Feeding Albino Banded California Kingsnake
Healthy captive-bred hatchlings generally feed consistently on frozen pinkie mice that were thawed in warm water or left out at room temperature. Offer food approximately every five to seven days.
Occasionally, hatchling snakes given a large environment feel insecure and may not eat. They often feed more readily if offered food in a small lidded deli cup with air holes and left undisturbed in the dark.
The deli cup containing the young snake and pinkie mouse can be placed back into the tank during this period. After about a week, a young snake should adjust to its enclosure and become accustomed to a more interactive feeding approach.
As the snake grows, larger food items can be given in the form of fuzzy mice, hoppers, weanlings and, finally, adult mice. A good rule of thumb when selecting prey is to offer food no larger than the widest part of the snake. Although California kingsnakes are able to ingest prey much larger in girth than themselves, it is easier on the snake’s digestive system to eat two smaller prey items than one large one.
If your snake suddenly stops eating thawed mice, it may simply be reverting to older feeding habits. This can happen with both captive-bred and wild-caught juveniles that ate live meals for prolonged periods as hatchlings. Breeders frequently use a couple tricks to help induce the feeding response of stubborn eaters.
Anoles, or other small lizards, can be rubbed on thawed or live mice to scent them. Small pieces of a lizard’s shed skin may also be placed on the head of an offered pinkie. “Braining,” in which a pinkie mouse’s head is split open, is another technique often used.
This may not sound pleasant, but brained pinkies are very appetizing to young snakes. If a snake continues to refuse food, it may be an indication of a larger problem, and a qualified veterinarian should be consulted.
California Kingsnake And Selective Breeding
Using unique animals collected from the wild as founder stock, many breeders have developed new color and pattern variations to delight kingsnake owners nationwide. After decades of devotion, many of these breeders have accomplished extraordinary results, and there is likely a color and pattern phase that can delight and appeal to almost anyone.