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Latin name: Lampropeltis getula brooksi
This individual is a female, hatched in early July 2021 and is about 12” in length. She's eating live pink mice.
Temperament and general info: Once debated on being its own subspecies, the Brooks king snake was recently confirmed to be a lighter color morph of the Florida king snake.
They can be skittish when young but tame down very quickly, making them gentle and very nice snakes for handling.
Lifestyle and habitat: Native to southern Florida, this king snake makes it's home in the everglades and similar habitats throughout the region. These tropical climate colubrids do not brumate (hibernate) in the winter unlike their other king snake relatives,
Size and lifespan: Brooks king snakes often reach lengths of 4'-6' with females growing larger than males. They can live up to 20 years in human care.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: Wide range 40%-70%. misting should be done 2x daily either manually or with an automatic mister.
Tank size: 10-20 gallons for babies/juveniles, 40+ gallons for adults.
Tank type: Standard rectangle-allow for good floor space but some climbing structures as well. Make sure it has a secure sliding door/doors. Sit-atop screen lids for glass tanks are not recommended for these guys, snakes are escape artists!
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for snakes living in glass tanks. Use only a dimmable heat bulb for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is highly recommended for all reptiles for overall welfare.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or bark substrate 2"deep or deeper. Moss lining parts of the top of the substrate will be a nice hiding place for the snake as well as provide humidity. Provide lots of log and cave type hiding places and some low climbing areas. Provide a water dish that is large enough for the snake to curl up into for soaking.
Handling: Brooks king snakes tolerate gentle handling well and can be handled several times per week. Just watch for signs of stress and try to limit sessions to 30-45 minutes.
When not to handle: After the snake has eaten, give them 2-3 days to digest their food before handling them again. When you first bring the snake home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Feeding and frequency: every 4-5 days for babies, 1x per week for juveniles and adults. Prey item should be as wide as the widest part of the snake's body.