Grey-banded Kingsnake Caresheet

 

Background Information
Grey-banded Kingsnakes are a colubrid snake native to the Trans-Pecos desert in Western Texas and Southern Mexico. Growing up to 4ft long, it is considered a moderate sized species. However, the average tends to be about 3ft, females often growing slightly larger than males. Due to its secretive nature and the harsh environment it originates from, the rarity of this species in the wild have made herpetologists consider it endangered in some areas. With nice patternings and a docile nature compared to other kingsnakes, bites are not common allowing this species to be a nice starter as well as one for a collection.

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Desert shrubland, rocky outcrops

Life Span

15 years on average

Active Time of Day

Nocturnal

Natural Prey

Rodents and Lizards

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Fossorial/Terrestrial

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

2 – 13 eggs

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 160g+ / 3ft / 2 years of age
Females: 300g+ / 3ft / 3 years of age

Brumation Time

2 months

Brumation Temperature

10 – 12 ‘C

Incubation Time

55 - 65 days

Incubation Temperature

27 – 30 ’C

There are 6 types of colourations you can find in the wild:
Blairs - Alterna - Speckled - Anerythristic - Hypomelanistic - Leucistic

 

Captive Requirements and Welfare
Kingsnakes are known to be ophiophagus (meaning “snake-eater”) therefore housing them singly is mandatory to avoid any complications. In the wild this species burrows through the majority of the day to escape the heat so a substrate should be given to accommodate this behaviour.

Vivarium size

30x30x30cm for hatchling
3ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft for adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

22 – 33 ‘C

Nightime Temperature

18 – 24 ‘C

Heating /Lighting Equipment (on timer)

Spot bulb during day, Room temperature at night

Lighting - T8 2% Natural sun Arcadia UV tube

Substrate

Most Natural: Sand
Alternatives: Beech Chip or Aspen

Hides

2 at minimum: one on each side a 3rd moss hide during shedding would be beneficial

Decor

Branches and fake plants allow the opportunity to climb and aids shedding

Water

Fresh water topped up when needed clean out water bowl every few days to prevent slime build up

Food (Feeding)

Pinkies for hatchlings then increase the size as they grow. Always take the snake out and feed in a separate box to prevent substrate being eaten.

Cleaning

Spot pick weekly, full clean monthly