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Milk Snake

Milk snake is a nonvenomous snake occurring in North America, Central America and South America. The species is mainly nocturnal and terrestrial. There are twenty-four subspecies of this species. The snake is popular in the pet trade.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Lampropeltis
    Scientific Name Lampropeltis triangulum


    Length 20 to 60 in (51 to 152 cm)
    Color Combination of red, black and yellow or white, black and red bands
    Distribution Southeastern Canada, most parts of the United States, Central America, western Ecuador and northern Venezuela (South America)
    Habitat Forested regions, open prairies, rocky slopes
    Diet Lizards particularly skinks, small mammals, birds and their eggs, frogs, fish, other snakes
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes brumation in communal dens in winter
    Predators Raccoons, foxes, skunks, coyotes
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season Early May to end of June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 24 eggs
    Incubation Period About 2 months
    Reproductive Age 3 to 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 12 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

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    Published on January 18th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 2nd June 2017.

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