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Lampropeltis leonis

Variable Kingsnake

Scientific Name: Lampropeltis leonis

Best substrate for a Variable Kingsnake Lampropeltis leonis ReptiChip

What Makes ReptiChip The Best Variable Kingsnake Bedding


The Variable Kingsnake (Lampropeltis leonis), also known as the Variable Kingsnake, is native to the mountainous regions of northeastern Mexico, specifically within the state of Nuevo León. These snakes are renowned for their striking and variable coloration, which can range from vibrant red, black, and yellow banding to more muted patterns of browns and creams. This remarkable variation in color and pattern is what gives them the name "Variable Kingsnake." Their ability to mimic the appearance of more dangerous snakes, such as coral snakes, is a fascinating example of Batesian mimicry, which helps them deter predators.

Nuevo León kingsnakes are relatively small, typically reaching an adult size of 3 to 4 feet in length. They are known for their docile temperament, making them a popular choice among reptile enthusiasts. In the wild, they inhabit rocky outcrops, scrublands, and forested areas, where they are primarily nocturnal, hunting for a variety of prey including rodents, lizards, and other snakes. Their adaptability to different environments and diverse diet contribute to their resilience and success in the wild. Additionally, their ease of care and feeding, combined with their striking appearance, make them a favored species for both novice and experienced snake keepers.

Why ReptiChip?


ReptiChip is made by variable kingsnake lovers, for variable kingsnake lovers. It’s what the pros use, and it’s what you can use, too.

Our product line includes BabiChip, RediChip, ReptiChunk, MicroChip, and more, so you can be sure to find the perfect variable kingsnake bedding for your pet.

Ready to switch to the ultimate variable kingsnake bedding? Check out ReptiChip today.

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Common Variable Kingsnake Reptichip Questions

ReptiChip provides an ideal environment for your variable kingsnake by balancing cleanliness, comfort, and humidity. It's excellent for moisture retention, which is crucial for the well-being of many reptiles and amphibians. The substrate is also low in sodium and potassium, reducing the risk of mineral buildup that could harm your variable kingsnake.

Absolutely! While ReptiChip offers premium quality, it's priced affordably to be consumer-friendly. The substrate's durability and ease of maintenance also mean that you'll need to replace it less frequently, making it a cost-effective long-term choice for your variable kingsnake.

ReptiChip is known for its low tannin content, which means it won't stain your enclosure or your variable kingsnake. It's also excellent at odor absorption, keeping your living space fresh. This makes it one of the easiest substrates to maintain, allowing you more quality time with your variable kingsnake.