Stratford Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire has welcomed a magnificent Mexican black kingsnake to their collection. The new arrival can now be visited at the farm’s Minibeast Metropolis display.
Native to Mexico and found in rocky areas with lush vegetation, the snakes are opportunist hunters, burrowing into the ground and striking out at most creatures that pass by. Their main diet consists of small rodents, lizards, birds, eggs and even rattlesnakes!
If provoked, the non-venomous Mexican kingsnake will rattle and beat its tail against the ground. It will kill by wrapping coils around its prey and restricting the blood flow until the snake detects the heartbeat has stopped.
For all those brave enough, the Education Team will be hosting ‘Meet the Minibeast’ handling sessions twice daily at the farm from 27 December to 7 January. Here visitors will be able to hold a variety of stick insects, African land snails, giant millipedes and even Madagascan cockroaches!
Visit the Stratford Butterfly Farm from 10am to 5pm every day, except Christmas Day, to see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders
For more information go to www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.