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Black Milk Snake

Black milk snake is a subspecies of milk snake found in Costa Rica and Panama. The snake is nonvenomous and happens to be the largest known milk snake. The subspecies is known to be very hardy in captivity and can make excellent pets.



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


    Length 48–84 in
    Color Hatchlings are red, black, white or yellow while adults are black
    Distribution Mountains of Costa Rica and Panama
    Habitat Wet, high mountain cloud forests at elevations between 4300 to 7400 ft
    Diet Mice, reptiles, reptile eggs, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and bird eggs
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Predators Raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season Spring, early summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 10 eggs
    Incubation Period 28 to 39 days

    Black Milk Snake Pictures Gallery

    Published on March 21st 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 28th August 2018.

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