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 Sinaloan Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae)




Sinaloan Milk Snake | Lampropeltis triangulum-sinaloae photo
Lampropeltis t sinaloae

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SINALOAN MILK SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Sinaloan Milk Snake is red with triple bands of black and cream or yellow - a thin yellow or cream band is sandwiched between black band on either side. The red bands are broad - about three times the width of the black and yellow triple bands. The underside is yellow or creamy white. The head is black with a thin yellow or cream band across the top of the head.

Size
length to 120cm

Environment
arid and semi-desert rocky areas with sparse vegetation. They rest during the day under rocks, in rock crevices or beneath cactus plants. Also found on farmland under woodpiles and in old buildings.

Food
eats mainly rodents. Also birds, eggs, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Sometimes eats other snakes

Breeding
The female lays 5-15 eggs under logs, rocks, vegetation. The eggs hatch after about 60 days.

Range
The Sinaloan Milk Snake is found Southwest Sonora, Sinaloa, southwest Chihuahua in Mexico.

Notes
The Sinaloan Milk Snake is non-venomous and harmless to humans. It is fairly docile and rarely bites, although it will excrete foul smelling musk when alarmed. It is commonly bred in captivity, and a popular pet snake.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Lampropeltis
Species:triangulum sinaloae
Common Name:Sinaloan 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)
  Red Milk Snake (L. triangulum syspila)
  Milk Snake (L. triangulum triangulum)
  San Diego Mountain Kingsnake (L. zonata pulchra)