The pet store that I get crickets from every week has had a Chain king for 2 years. It hasn't sold because it is very aggressive. I've been watching this snake really close for the last two months. I have notice some really odd behavior for a king snake. While most kings are secretive and try to hide most of the time, this snake seems to have no fear of anything. When I first noticed this snake I would open the cage and put my hand in and she would come straight for me. I would have to keep moving my hand to keep from getting bit. With the cage closed I would put my hand on the screen at top and she would stand up and smell my hand and then open her mouth, like she was trying to get my finger in her mouth. The workers at the pet store were shocked that I was even able to stick my hand in the cage. They told me that none of them could do that with it striking at them. They told me that as it got bigger it kept getting meaner.
Today I decided to buy it. When I bought it the worker asked if I would pick it up and put it in the box. She didn't want to do it even though she is an reptile expert. Anybody have any tips on how to tame it? Right now I can touch her as long as I don't get near her head.
I'm sure that her behaviour is at least partly because she has been on display and alot of people have probably mistreated her. I would think that would make her more secretive and have more fear of people.