Our animals


California kingsnake

California kingsnake

Facts

LatinLampropeltis californiae
Size122 cm
FoodRodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians
HabitatRock outcrops, brushy hillsides, river valleys, woodlands, fields, and pine forests
IUCN

Least concern

LocationWestern United States and northern Mexico
Map

Warning colours

The strong black and white-yellow colours can give you the impression that the kingsnake is venomous. But the snake is not venomous and constricts its prey instead. The colours make it resemble other venomous snakes so that predators stay away.

Snakes at Den Blå Planet, National Aquarium Denmark

At Den Blå Planet, we originally had snakes in our rainforest which is a natural habitat for many species. Now, we have most of them in the basement, but they are often “aired” by an animal keeper so that guests can see and touch them.

Snakes as pets

Snakes like this one are popular as pets, since they are easy to take care of and cool to watch. They have been bred to have different colours and patterns. Our kingsnake has its natural appearance.

Meals are far between

Snakes have the same body temperature as their surroundings. They do not spend energy on maintaining a certain temperature as mammals do. This is why snakes can go several weeks without food. Our snakes are fed every 3 weeks.