Desert Kingsnake (aka California Kingsnake)
Lampropeltis getula californiae
Reptiles Alive Name: “Reno” and “Tahoe”
Hissstory: Reno was found slithering down a street in Annandale, VA – not his natural habitat! He was either an escaped or abandoned pet, so we gave him a home. Our albino desert kingsnake Tahoe was an unwanted pet that we adopted.
RA Diet: We feed our kingsnakes delicious and nutritious frozen and defrosted mice.
Natural Diet: Kingsnakes eat snakes, lizards, birds, eggs and rodents.
Range: Desert kingsnakes are found in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Oregon.
Habitat: Desert kingsnakes may be found in rocky outcrops and clumps of vegetation in chaparral or desert environments.
Size: Desert kingsnakes grow 24-60 inches long.
Lifespan: Kingsnakes can live to be over 20 years old.
Reproduction: Females lays 2-24 eggs which hatch in about 2 months.
Cool Facts: The kingsnake is the “king of snakes” because it will eat other snakes – even venomous rattlesnakes! Scientists believe kingsnakes have immunity to the venom of the rattlesnakes found in their own home range, so the kingsnake can be bitten and envenomated with no ill effects.