Apalachicola king snake, Lampropeltis getula meansi


Common names Apalachicola king snake, Apalachicola lowlands king snake
Scientific name Lampropeltis getula meansi
Country North America (Florida)
Captive-bred Yes
Adult size 120-150cm (4-5ft)
Natural habitat Desert basins, grasslands, shrublands and forest habitats
Housing 120 x 60 x 60cm (4 x 2 x 2ft)
Ideal temperature 30-32°C (86-89°F) (warm end); 22-25°C (71-77°F) (cool end)
UVI 2-3
Ideal humidity 40-50%
Diet Carnivorous
Average lifespan 15-20 years
Personality Docile, youngsters can be defensive and skittish
Ease of handling Easy


Do Apalachicola king snakes make good pets?

Apalachicola king snake, Lampropeltis getula meansi are a unique looking snake endemic to Florida, where they are only found in the Apalachicola lowlands, in the panhandle between the Apalachicola and Ochlokonee rivers. This species can be a little skittish when young, but tame down quite easily when the time is spent with them.

At Swell Reptiles, all of our Apalchicola king snakes are captive bred in the UK, leaving you safe in the knowledge that your new snake came from a reliable source. King snakes are cannibalistic, and naturally predate on other snakes, so they should always be kept individually to avoid an inevitable confrontation that will likely lead to the death and even consumption of one individual.

What size enclosure does an Apalachicola king snake need?

Apalachicola king snake, Lampropeltis getula meansi are very active and inquisitive, and the Apalachicola king snake is no exception. Due to this, we recommend a minimum enclosure size of 120 x 60 x 60cm (4 x 2 x 2ft), for example, the VivExotic Repti-Home Bearded Dragon Vivarium Large. Wooden vivariums generally work best as they hold heat in better, but glass or PVC enclosures can also work.

Do Apalachicola king snakes need to be heated?

Just like with other reptiles, an Apalachicola king snake enclosure should have a thermogradient running from one end of the enclosure to the other to allow them to regulate their internal body temperature. The ideal warm end or basking temperature for this species is between 30-32°C (86-89°F), and the cool end should be between 22-25°C (71-77°F), which should be achieved using an overhead heating system installed into one end of the enclosure, such as a basking lamp and dimming thermostat or ceramic heater and pulse thermostat.


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