Does California King Snake Have Teeth?
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A bite from a cali king is NOT going to do much damage at all.
Colubrids like that have a lot of short, very sharp teeth as well as a relatively weak bite force.
As I'm sure you already know, they most certainly do not have venom or huge hypodermic fangs.
Bites from babies and juveniles can honestly hardly be felt at all.
An adult is likely to make you bleed, but again its not too painful. Think maybe of someone pinching you with their fingernails.
I've been bitten by plenty of species; birds, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, centipedes, large lizards, colubrid snakes, boids.... honestly, the snakes hurt the least; especially the smaller snakes like kings. Snake bites are absolutely NOTHING compared to rodent bites!
||Can i feed my snake toads?
I recently got a California King Snake from a friend who didn't care for it anymore. I've been feeding it mice, but was wondering if it would be alright to feed it a regular toad or from. I heard that toads are poisonous, but i wanted to make sure.
King snakes have adapted to consume poisonous snakes and have an immunity to venom and some bacteria that other snakes lack. So yes, they can eat toads but prefer other snakes and small rodents.|
Hognose snakes have adapted to prey on toads. Toads will inflate with air to make themselves larger and difficult to swallow. The hognose has teeth towards the back in the roof of its mouth designed to puncture the toad and let the air out, enabling it to swallow the toad more easily.
The reason I wouldn't recommend feeding your King snake toads is because if they aren't captive raised, you run the risk of introducing parasites, fertilizers, pesticides and/or petro chemical contaminants to your snake as well as mites.
Wild food should never be offered to a domestic pet. I would simply recommend that you feed you pet snake rodents or lizards purchased from a commercial grower.
Good luck and enjoy your pet.
||Any reputable king snake breeders online? Also other Q's?
I am looking for either a black and white or high white California king snake.
I heard vmsherp.com is reputable, but didn't have what I was looking for.
Anyone know of a good breeder who is noted for their healthy, well fed, and captive bred kings?
Also, this is my first snake and I had another couple questions:
1. I hear of snakes musking? Why do they do this and does it happen often when handling?
2. I heard kings, like corns, are docile but do bite... Does it really hurt and draw blood?
3. I have a 10 gallon ready for the hatchling I buy, and I also have a 52 gallon as well from when I had fish. Is this spacious enough for a full grown adult king?
Any other info, or things to look out for or warn me about anything would be appreciated!
LLL reptiles would be a good choice. I've never personally purchased from them, but I know a lot of people who have and they were all very satisfied.|
Snakes musk when they feel threatened. It's common in young snakes that aren't used to be handled. The more you handle them, the more they get used to it, and the less likely they are to musk.
Kings are fairly low key snakes, but any snake can bite. If you get hit by a full grown adult and they get a good hold of you, it does sting and it will most likely bleed. The best way to keep it from hurting any worse than it has to is to not pull back. Colubrid snakes have teeth that curve back towards their tail so they can hold on to their prey better. Pulling you hand (or finger or whatever the snake's attached to) will cause a bite that could have just been little pin prick type wounds to a gash that bleeds a lot more. You'll also damage their teeth (or pull them out) and a snake with a painful mouth won't eat. So, yes, it does sting, but it's a risk anyone takes when they have snakes. If you keep snakes long enough, eventually, you will get bit.
The ten gallon may actually be a bit too big for a hatchling snake. Very young snakes that are bred in captivity can get stressed out by having too much space. I would keep an eye on the snake for the first couple of days and if the snake seems freaked out, you may need to move them to a smaller tank. The other tank will be more than adequate for a full grown king. Most people keep snakes that size in 20 gallon long tanks.
The biggest thing about buying king snakes is making sure they're eating frozen thawed rodents well. In the wild, king snakes do eat rodents, but if you gave them a choice between a mouse and a rattlesnake, it will eat the other snake. King snakes aren't affected by snake venom. Some kings are hesitant to eat rodents and may need some coaxing.
I would also recommend not handling the snake for about a week after you get it. They need time to settle in and calm down before you try to handle them. Handling a stressed snake will make them more likely to musk and can make handling them in the future harder.
If possible, don't feed the snake in it's tank. Get a rubber tote with a lid that snaps down and use that only to feed. That way, the snake figures out that they only eat in that tank and will make them much less likely to strike at you when you open the tank. If you feed them in their tank, some snakes will think every time you open the tank, they're getting fed and may start striking at you.
I hope this helps and if you have any other questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com Just put something about snakes in the subject. I've raised and handled snakes for years, and I'm always willing to help someone out.