Mexican Black Kingsnake Care, The Easy Guide

Mexican Black Kingsnakes are native to the southwestern United States, Central America, and northern South America. They are popular pets because they have a docile temperament and can be easily handled.

Mexican Black King snakes enjoy being handled by humans, as long as they are given proper care beforehand. The best way to avoid bites when handling your pet is by making sure you wash your hands before handling them and wear gloves if you have any cuts on your hands. If you do get bitten, it should only cause a little bit of pain for about 15 minutes before the snake releases its grip on you.

The Mexican Black Kingsnake is a large constrictor that can grow up to 6 feet in length. They are also known as the “king snake” due to their docile temperament and ability to be handled by humans. This article will provide information about the care of this species of snake.

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The Mexican Black Kingsnake is a common pet snake that can grow up to six feet in length. They are a non-venomous species of snake and have a docile temperament.

The tank size for the Mexican Black Kingsnake depends on the age of the snake. When they are hatchlings, they need a 20 gallon tank, but when they reach adulthood, they need an enclosure that is at least 4’x2’x2′. It is better to use a long and low tank, because this species is primarily terrestrial.

Because Mexican Black Kingsnakes are found in both desert and vegetative environments multiple differen substrates can be used. Coconut fiber and soil are fine  to use but when used in plastic enclosures they may increase the humidity too much.A sand and soil substrate mix works best for them. It will stay loose enough to burrow in and remains moist to control humidity better.

The Mexican Black Kingsnake is a type of snake that will require a basking lamp in order to thrive. This is because they need the heat from the lamp in order to regulate their body temperature. If you want to keep one of these snakes as a pet, then you will need to purchase this lamp for them.

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This snake feeds on rodents, birds, eggs, and other small animals. They will also eat frogs and lizards. The Mexican Black Kingsnake is a very good climber and when it eats it will coil around the prey until it dies from suffocation or starvation.

You can feed them frozen thawed rodents, live prey will fight and can give serious scratches that can lead to an infection.

You should thaw their prey just as you would any raw meat. If you forget and have little time, you can also place the bagged rodent in a bowl of warm water to slowly bring the temperature up.

Frozen thawed rodents are readily accepted by Mexican Black Kingsnakes:

  • You should feed babies every five days.
  • After one year of age feeding should be reduced to only every 7 – 10 days.
  • Adults should be fed only every 10 – 14 days and not during their shedding period.

If your pet refuses the rodent then remove it after two hours and place it in the trash can to avoid your snake is getting sick. Food enrichment is always a good idea so you can try feeding the occasional frozen thawed chick.



The Mexican Black Kingsnake is a docile, calm, and easy to handle snake.

The Mexican Black Kingsnake is known for its docile temperament and its ability to be handled easily. They are not aggressive and can be handled by people of all ages.

Mexican Black Kingsnakes are known for their docile temperament and their ability to be handled easily by people of all ages. They are not aggressive snakes, so they will rarely bite if you handle them correctly. They make really good pets if you take good care of them!