Are king snakes Hardy?

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Are king snakes Hardy?

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answered Aug 6 by Peanutcolider (2,520 points)
King snakes are very Hardy and can survive in almost any habitat.

King snakes do well with a maintenance temperature gradient of 84-88 degrees F on the warm end and 70-75 degrees at the cool end.

At night, the temperature can safely drop to 65 degrees as long as the snake can warm up during the day.

King snakes are full grown within 3 years as king snakes are pretty fast growing snakes.

By 3 years of age the king snake is fully grown and is then an adult king snake.

King Snakes reach lengths of between 4.5 ft for female king snakes and for male king snakes they can reach lengths of 6 feet long.

Although some king snake species may only grow to 4 feet long.

King snakes are generally active by day in spring and fall when the temperatures are comfortable, but during the hot summer months they are most active at night.

King Snakes nest in secluded places such as debris, wood piles, brush piles, rotting logs, tall weeds and anywhere else they can be hidden out of sight.

King Snakes also like to be near water as well.

The poisonous snake that looks like a king snake is the Coral Snake.

Scarlet King snakes (Lampropeltis elapsoides) and Scarlet Snakes (Cemophora coccinea) also possess red, black, and yellow or white banding that can closely resemble the appearance of Coral Snakes.

You can feed a king snake grasshoppers, bugs, insects, roaches, eggs, rodents, mice and rats.

You can also feed your king snake some snake food that you can get online or in pet stores.

Kings snakes eat lizards, rats, mice, rodents, birds and bird eggs and even turtle eggs.

Wild king snakes feed on a variety of small animals, such as rodents, birds, and even other snakes, but captive ones usually do fine with mice.

Baby snakes can eat pinky mice, while larger ones can eat bigger mice.

We don't recommend feeding live mice.

If a king snake bites you it can cause pain and possible swelling and even bleeding.

However a King snake is not poisonous or venomous so you won't die from a King Snake bite and most often you don't need medical treatment for a King Snake bite unless the King Snake bite is more severe.

King snakes are mostly harmless and most often will leave you alone.

However King Snakes can and do sometimes bite can be painful and can swelling.

King snakes are not poisonous and only rely on their strong constriction when hunting and killing their prey.

King snakes are called king snakes as they get their name from the common king snake's habit of feeding upon other snakes, including rattlesnakes and copperheads, to whose venom they are immune.

You can identify a king snake by it's head and snout.

If the snake has a black head with a short snout then the snake is a coral snake and if the snakes head is red with an elongated snout it's a king snake.

The snake that can beat a king snake is the King Cobra.

If a king cobra snake came up against a king snake the King Cobra snake would beat the king snake without any problem.

The fastest snake is the sidewinder snake.

The sidewinder snake can move up to speeds of 18 mph.

The sidewinder, also known as the horned rattlesnake and sidewinder rattlesnake, is a pit viper species belonging to the genus Crotalus, and is found in the desert regions of the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Like all pit vipers, it is venomous.

Three subspecies are currently recognized.

An outdoor cat will usually keep snakes away if the cat kills rodents to keep the rodent population down as the snakes are attracted to rodents.

However some snakes will kill cats so a cat won't always keep snakes away.

When you keep seeing snakes in your yard it's usually an indicator of debris, moisture, food sources etc.

You may have rats, mice or other food around that the snakes are attracted too so they come into your yard.

Snakes like to hide under wood piles, brush piles, trash, weeds etc.

Snakes love warm and moist areas with a food source an they also love tall grass.

Common things that attract snakes to your yard include.

    A high population of rodents and birds.
    Presence of tall grass and plants.
    Cool and damp places.
    Leaving out old cat and dog food.
    Composting near your home.
    Sources of water.
    Free access to your yard.

Some types of snakes may eat small dogs although most snakes don't eat dogs and if your dog is a large dog then the snake won't usually eat it.

Dogs can also kill snakes and it's not at that unusual to find people who use dogs to keep snakes away from their properties.

However, there are no breeds of dog that have been specifically bred over time to kill snakes, but some breeds will be more inclined hunt and kill reptiles than others.

Some dogs can smell snakes although not all dogs can smell snakes.

Dogs that can most often smell snakes are retrievers, Blood hounds, Bassets, Beagles.

Snakes that have diamonds on it's head are Pit vipers, including rattlesnakes, copperhead and cottonmouths (also called water moccasins).

The type of snake that has diamonds is the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.

The western diamondback rattlesnake or Texas diamond-back is a venomous rattlesnake species and member of the Viper family, found in the southwestern United States and Mexico.

It is likely responsible for the majority of snakebite fatalities in northern Mexico and the greatest number of snakebites in the U.S.

The strongest snake is the Anaconda Snake followed by the King Snake.

The 4 big snakes are the Indian cobra (Naja naja), the common krait (Bungarus caeruleus), the Russell's viper (Daboia russelii) and the saw-scaled viper (Echis carinatus).

The snake that eats the most snakes is the King Cobra Snake.

King cobra snakes mainly eat the Asian rat snake, dhamans, and pythons.

They'll also enjoy others like Indian cobras, kraits, vipers, and wolf snakes.

King Cobras kill the fastest because of the large volume of potent neurotoxic venom which stops nerves in the body from working.

The king cobra is a venomous snake species of elapids endemic to jungles in Southern and Southeast Asia.

The sole member of the genus Ophiophagus, it is distinguishable from other cobras, most noticeably by its size and neck patterns.

If a snake chases you then you should try to get out if it's way by going in a different direction.

Some people may be able to outrun some snakes so it's best if you can to try to run away from the snake.

However if you encounter a snake and it does not chase you then you should slowly back away and remain calm as it's rare for a snake to chase someone.

If you happen to see a snake while out hiking or running, do not panic! Back away slowly and look for a way around.

Snakes will generally leave you alone if they are not provoked.

It is true that venomous snakes do swim on top of water.

Only venomous or poisonous snakes swim on top of water while non poisonous and non venomous snakes only swim underwater.

Poisonous snakes or venomous snakes swim on top of water.

And only poisonous snakes will swim with their entire bodies visible on the water.

If you see a snake that is swimming on top of the water with their entire bodies visible then it's a poisonous snake.

Non poisonous snakes only swim below water.

Venomous snakes do also swim underwater as well.

Still even poisonous and venomous snakes sometimes swim under water so it may still be a venomous snake.

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