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My 1st King!

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by Wyldrose, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    A friend of mine, pretty novice snake people bought him from Petsmart a couple months ago. I got him on fuzzies, they where told pinkys. He didn't eat for two weeks for them so they got frustrated(they said he just shed so I am thinking that is why, I'll still get him tested for worms because petsmart snakes are wormy here...) So I traded them my normal male corn snake(Striker) for the king. Striker is well established and he only has one hemipene so I don't want to risk breeding him again.

    I have no idea what morph, pretty sure he had more gold on him when they got him. He is a male, when I went to see him when they got him he musked me and his hemipenes where out.
    He's a bit snappy at the moment. I need to think of a name for him now :)
    He never bit them but musks all the time. I'll get him nice soon enough :)

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  2. mele

    mele Elite Member

    King snake musk :-&. I remember holding a king before I had to be in class...can't wash enough :)
  3. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    His name is Onyx :) I think he's a Mexican black kingsnake, I'll wait for the experts to post :)
  4. diehardislanders

    diehardislanders Elite Member

    Onyx as in "gotta catch em all?" Beautiful king, I cannot wait to hear how your experiences with his temperament differs from corns.
  5. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Onyx is gorgeous, I don't know my kings, but could it be a desert king (some many types)?? Hopefully one of our King members will chime in. Best of luck with Onyx, nice trade
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    LOL! Where is JLassiter when we need him!
  7. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    Looks like a Desert King with some nigrita (MBK) influence.
    In Arizona, near the Tucson area, kings can be found in the wild that look like this one.
  8. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    Thanks so he is probley a mix. Which would explain why I couldn't find any pictures doing some google searches. Think the gold bits will stay or think he'll turn solid black. I am sure he had more pattern/gold when they got him.
  9. Swimmer522

    Swimmer522 Elite Member

    Haha regardless of what morph he is hes beautiful! :)
  10. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    Adding some more pic's. He's got some crusty looking scales on his nose and around his eyes. Stuck shed? Of maybe the mesh lid from his old home?
    His belly is black no patteren at all
    He settles down after he tries to musk lol!
    As for temperment he is fiesty compared to the corns, once he's done rattling his tail and trying to musk he acts like a corn lol.
    He is a beautiful snake I'm glad I got him :)

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  11. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    I like it, :p. I think he's pretty!
  12. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    Typically nigrita that will turn black do so after a couple of sheds.
    There are "b" grade nigrita that have alot of remnant Desert King Pattern (Splendida).
    The most sought after nigrita turn solid black.
    I like yours because it has that cool striping going on......The yellow/gold should stay with him forever....

    Here's my striped splendida:

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  13. JoeyG

    JoeyG Subscribed User Premium Member

    VERY nice! You're lucky, it looks like good trade :)
  14. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    I know what the crusty stuff on his face was, he shed last night. I am thinking that his old owners thought he shed because he went blue. I am going to see if he'll eat for me tomorrow, my regular feeding day.
    What a beautiful animal
    He is very mellow today, didn't try to musk or anything
    The iridescent shine after they shed makes them so stunning!

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  15. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    Looking good...

    There is a good reason they are called lampropeltis.

    Lampropeltis translates to shiny shields.
  16. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    I offered him a live fuzzy, I have no fuzzies in the freezer currently and he ate no problem :) I think he was just in blue and that is why he didnt eat for my friends! I have to go throught the mouse litters and get some fuzzies in the freezer for him for next week!

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  17. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    Yep... You'll find that kings eat way better than corns if kept correctly
  18. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    Thats what I hear, eating machines :) That fuzzy left a nice sized lump. It's nice to have something to eat what the rest don't eat. With the monitor too I will have nothing go to waste!

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