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California Kingsnakes

Lampropeltis getula californiae

 

 

The first albino kingsnake in herpetoculture!   The first individual was wild collected and the striped form.  Now many generations of both striped and banded albinos are being produced.  Many more wild caught animals have been included into captive bloodlines.  Caution:  Some blood lines are not compatible with others, and when two non compatible albinos are bred together, normal colored double het for both types of albinism will be produced.  If you wish to produce albinos, be sure to get some from the same allele group.

Albinos, heteros, black and white, striped, banded, mixed patterns, they're all out there.  The Calif. Kingsnake and the corn snake are probably the first two snakes to be bred in quantity in captivity. Did you know that when they were first available, they were purchased for $400+ each!  Shows what captive production can do.  Can you imagine risking wild collecting with the threat of arrest being worth doing when you can purchase whatever you want very cheaply?  Me neither, but keep pointing that out to your local Fish and Game type agencies, they are slow sometimes, and need help.  Not much really needs to be said about the California king in all its forms.  I have them and they make great pets.

Other animals in the L. getula group:

Apalachicola Kingsnake (L. g. goini)     
Mexican Black Kingsnake (L. g. nigrita)

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