Pueblan Milk Snakes are banded with bright colours, this makes them an attractive species to own. They are shy and prefer to have small, tight hides to curl up in.
The Pueblan Milk Snakes is a small species growing up to a maximum of 3ft. Although these are small snakes, they make up for this in colour, they are banded with black, white or cream and red body, the head is black, often with a white or cream snout. They make an ideal starter snake and have an excellent temperament. They should definitely be added to any collection, as they are stunning in colour!
Of Mexican origin, Pueblan Milk Snakes live in dry, arid areas so keep your enclosure warm and dry.
Provided at least a 2ft long Vivarium for one adult and ensure there are three or more hiding places, as Milk Snakes can be shy. They will climb if given the chance, so provide branches in the vivarium. Whilst the snake is still a yearling, the best substrate to use is newspaper or kitchen towel, its easy and cheap to replace once soiled. When the snake is older it will be safe to move onto Aspen Bedding. The snake will burrow a lot, whether this is in the substrate or newspaper.
Pueblan Milk Snakes should be provided with a temperature of 77-85F for basking and between 65-75F on the cool end. Place a heat mat under 1/3rd of the vivarium with a 40watt bulb, this should be connected to a Thermostat to control the temperature. Humidity should be in the range of 50%, the best method is to place a humidity box on the cool end.
They can be fussy eaters, so once started on dead mice stick with it and do not vary the diet. Hatchlings are very small so a mouse pinky cut in half is fine for first 5 feedings then can carefully be moved onto whole pinkies. Hatchlings should be feed a pinky every 4 or 5 days. Gradually moving onto 2 pinkies and as the snake grows increase food items. Food should never be more than one and a half times the width of widest part of body. If food is given that is too big, internal damage can occur.
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