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 Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)




Milk Snake | Lampropeltis triangulum-triangulum photo
Milk Snake

Photograph by Tracy Ducasse. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

MILK SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Eastern Milk Snake is pale gray to gray brown with a pattern of reddish or brown saddle-shaped blotches on the back. There are sometimes blotches on the lower sides too. The head is pale gray with a dark brown arrowhead pattern similar to the Corn Snake. The underside is an irregular pattern of black and white checkers.

Size
length 60cm - 90cm

Environment
forests, fields, rocky areas.

Food
rodents, birds, lizards

Breeding
Milk Snakes are oviparous. Females lay clutches of 3 - 20 eggs beneath logs or rocks. The eggs hatch after about two months around August or September.

Range
found in eastern North America. Ranges from Minnesota to Maine in the north, down to Alabama and North Carolina. Also found in Ontario, Canada.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Lampropeltis
Species:triangulum triangulum
Common Name:Milk Snake


Relatives in same Genus
  Gray-banded Kingsnake (L. alterna)
  Prairie Kingsnake (L. calligaster calligaster)
  Mole Kingsnake (L. calligaster rhombomaculata)
  California Kingsnake (L. getula californiae)
  Florida Kingsnake (L. getula floridana)
  Eastern Kingsnake (L. getula getula)
  Speckled Kingsnake (L. getula holbrooki)
  Desert Kingsnake (L. getula splendida)
  Mexican Kingsnake (L. mexicana mexicana)
  Mexican Milk Snake (L. triangulum annulata)
  Pueblan Milk Snake (L. triangulum campbelli)
  Scarlet Kingsnake (L. triangulum elapsoides)
  Honduran Milk Snake (L. triangulum hondurensis)
  Nelson's Milk Snake (L. triangulum nelsoni)
  Sinaloan Milk Snake (L. triangulum sinaloae)
  Red Milk Snake (L. triangulum syspila)
  San Diego Mountain Kingsnake (L. zonata pulchra)